200 Club plans brunch

Capt. Raymond Dupuis, commander of field operations for the Watertown (Mass.) Police Department, will speak March 16 at the 29th annual Memorial Service and Brunch of the 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties in Atlantic City.

The brunch is to begin at noon in the Borgata Hotel Casino Event Center, with a Catholic Mass preceding the brunch at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church on Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City.

Watertown, Mass., was the site of a manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who with his brother Dzhokhar, was publicly identified by federal authorities April 18. Dupuis will talk about the impact that the incident had on the public safety officers in his community.

At this year's brunch, the 200 Club will award $37,500 in higher education scholarships to the children of active-duty, retired, disabled or deceased police, fire or rescue personnel who work in Atlantic and Cape May counties. The application for scholarships is online at capeatlantic200club.org and the deadline for submission is March 1. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. Call Sally or Melissa at 609-645-3800 or email swapforrent@yahoo.com. The ticket deadline is March 3.

Library hosting mosaic workshop

The Cape May County Library invites the public to attend "Mosaic by Michele: Create a Mosaic Picture Frame," presented by Michele Pasciullo.

This two-day workshop will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 and March 1 at the Wildwood Crest Branch Library, 6301 Ocean Ave. Use mosaic techniques to create a stained-glass panel without all the cutting and soldering. Make a colorful geometric design to catch the light in a sunny window. The first session is planning and gluing. The second session is grouting and finishing. Class size is limited; therefore, registration is required. A $5 nonrefundable materials fee is due upon registration.

For more information, call 463-6386 or see cmclibrary.org.

Heroin education event set

At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28, adults and youths in sixth grade and older are invited to attend a special presentation, "Pills to Heroin," in the Sea Isle City Municipal Gymnasium, 4501 Park Road.

The free event, hosted by the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office in conjunction with Sea Isle's Police Department and Municipal Alliance Committee, will educate the public about the heroin epidemic that is affecting communities across the country - including Cape May County.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to learn important information to benefit young and old alike. The program will feature videos, an oral presentation and a question-and-answer session. There will be free refreshments, as well as the opportunity to speak to professionals.

To learn more, call 609-263-4311, ext 2310.

Libary to host homeschool social

The Cape May County Library invites families to a Homeschool Social at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21.

The program will take place at the Lower Cape Branch library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas. This month's theme is Greek Mythology. Each month offers a different subject area with stories and activities for the children. There will be books for further reading, as well as demonstrations of databases and online sources that can be accessed from home computers. It's a chance to meet with other families who homeschool and explore the library's resources.

Registration is not required. For more information, call 609-463-6354 or see cmclibrary.org.

'Peter Pan' on stage in Upper

The Country Shore Women's Club will present the play "Peter Pan" from March 6 through 9 at the Upper Township Elementary School. The play will feature women from the club and their children displaying their talents in this classic fairy tale. All show proceeds will benefit local community service organizations.

Show times are 7 p.m. March 6-8 and 2 p.m. March 9. Ticket prices are $7. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Maureen Card at 602-7786 or cardfamilynj@comcast.net.

Library presents programs

The Cape May County Library invites the public to join in several programs for varied age groups.

Children ages 6-12 and their families are invited to attend the Family Movie program. A screening of 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

On Feb. 22, the library will host 'Cape Cuisine: Crockpot Cooking' by Chef Mark Kalla at 11 a.m. Kalla will demonstrate preparing for and cooking with a crock pot. Learn about entrees such as chili, soups and stews that are quick and easy to make in winter. Participants will be invited to sample the foods that have been prepared. Class size is limited; therefore registration and a valid library card are needed to attend.

'Borrowing e-books with OverDrive and OneClick Digital' presented by the Technology Learning Center will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 24.

'Planning, Prepping and Pruning' will be presented by Joe Alvarez at 6 p.m. Feb. 24.

'Stress Reduction Techniques' presented by Margaret Linn of Cape Counseling at will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 26.

'Hotmail 101' presented by the Technology Learning Center will also take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 26.

The programs will take place at the library located at 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. For more information, call 609-463-6386 or see cmclibrary.org. Another screening of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" will take place at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Lower Cape Branch, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas.

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 & 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.

Campground owners donate to VIM

David and Maggy Robinson, co-owners of Holly Shores Camping Resort in Lower Township presented a $1,500 donation to Jacqueline Meiluta, Executive Director of Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County to support the organization in providing high-quality health care services to community members in need.

Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) is a free medical clinic serving low-income residents of Cape May County with no access to health insurance. It is run by volunteer physicians, nurses and administrative professionals and is supported by donations. For information about becoming a volunteer or donor visit VIM at vimcmc.org.

Local bank foundation supports charities

For the eighth consecutive year, the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to the community with donations to nonprofit organizations in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. At an awards reception on Dec. 18, the Foundation distributed $71,500 in grants to 22 area charities, including Alzheimer's Association, American Red Cross, AmVets Post 911 NJ, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Cape Shore Chorale, Child Federation of Atlantic City, Family Promise of Cape May, First Night Ocean City, Gilda's Club South Jersey, Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, Humane Society of Ocean City, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, Literacy Volunteers Association, Marie Adelaide Center, Inc., Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Historical Museum, Schultz-Hill Foundation, South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble; South Jersey Cancer Fund, the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families; the Arc of Atlantic County; and the Masterworks Choir.

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.

Plunge raises more than $300,000

The Special Olympics New Jersey 2014 Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 18 in Wildwood raised more than $300,000 to help more than 23,000 NJ Special Olympics Athletes.

Plungers were required to raise at least $100 in pledges to participate in the event, and donations were accepted on-site. Immediately following the Plunge, the participants warmed up and enjoyed a free lunch inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. This is the eighth year the Polar Bear Plunge has been held in the Wildwoods.

The New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run sponsors the Wildwoods Polar Bear Plunge. The Special Olympics Torch has become one of the most colorful aspects of the Special Olympics New Jersey Opening Ceremonies.

For more information regarding Special Olympics New Jersey please visit sonj.org.

For more information regarding Special Olympics Wildwoods' Polar Bear Plunge, call 609-896-8000 or visit njpolarplunge.org.

Parrot Heads offer winter warmup

Join members of the Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 for "One Particular HarBRRRR," the club's annual mini tropical getaway at Montego Bay Resort in North Wildwood beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Montego Bay's indoor water park includes an indoor pool, jacuzzi, water slide and three 42-inch flat screen televisions, all tuned to Jimmy Buffett-vision. Bring the kids and a bathing suit, and dive into this family friendly event, named for the Buffett tune "One Particular Harbor."

The event is open to club members, guests and prospective members. The fee of $10 per person includes entrance to the water park and a light buffet supper. Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The tiki bar will be available for those 21 and older. RSVP to Ed at edhighvolt@msn.com.

Montego Bay is located at 1800 Boardwalk in North Wildwood. See more at montegobayresortnj.com. The Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club brings together people with similar interests in the music of Jimmy Buffet and organizes social gatherings, fundraisers and community service events. See jsphc.com. All are welcome.

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.

McHugh Regional plans 'Casino Night'

Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School has opened ticket sales for the immensely popular "Casino Night," set for 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Ocean Drive Bar and Restaurant (the "OD") in Sea Isle City.

A $40 ticket fee gives each attendee a full dinner buffet, $50 in gaming currency, a complimentary cocktail, live entertainment throughout the night and a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes donated by businesses from all over Cape May County.

To purchase tickets, donate an auction item, or find out about sponsorship opportunities still available, call 609-624-1900, ext. 21, or email PTA@BishopMcHugh.com.

Realtors doing food drive

The Ocean City Board of Realtors is kicking off its 2014 Community Service Projects with the Food Is Love drive to collect food, including canned items, juice, microwaveable pasta meals and more. Donations will be collected through Feb. 28 and will be used to "Share Some Love" during this Valentine month.

The Food Is Love, Share Some Love winter food drive will collect food items, monetary donations as well as ShopRite gift cards, which will be donated to the Ecumenical Food Cupboard to provide for local needy families. Donations can be dropped off at the office of the Ocean City Board of Realtors, 405 22nd St., or call the office at 609-399-0128 for pickup service.

Here is a brief list of some of the items that the Food Cupboard has identified a shortage of and needs:

Hormel microwaveable meals; microwaveable spaghetti O's, lasagna, meatballs and spaghetti, ravioli; canned meats (corn beef hash, Spam, Dinty Moore stew, etc.); jelly, peanut butter; juice; tomato pasta sauce (26 oz.); canned beans; liquid laundry detergent (48 oz.); dish detergent, paper towels; and ShopRite gift cards.

Museum gets ready for changes this year

Great things have been happening at the Museum of Cape May County this year, the museum said in a news release.

Alice Belanger McGuigan, a member and trustee of the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society, has donated a check for $25,000. McGuigan presented the check to President Howard Aaronson during the Jan. 9 board meeting. McGuigan stipulated that her donation be applied to the goal of renovating the colonial barn and barn annex. This project began in the fall. It is the largest project undertaken by the Historical Society since its move to the Cresse Holmes House in 1976. The impetus of the project is the need to move the Military Collection from the basement area of the house. The whaling, decoy, Indian and early industry displays will continue to be housed in the barn. Once the building renovations are complete, the focus will be on the Military Room. All veterans of Cape May County will be honored for their service, and many items have not been on public display for decades. The museum is striving for a goal of $100,000 for the construction of the project. Donations also are needed to be earmarked for conservation. Items that need attention, including flags, uniforms, prints and paintings, are all available for "adoption" at varying costs. To contribute, call 609-465-3535.

The museum is located at 504 North Route 9 in Cape May Court House. The winter schedule is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.

CASA calls for volunteers

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is in need of volunteers to be court advocates for children living in foster care.

No special skills are needed, and training is provided. The next training session is March 3, 5, 10, 12 and 17 with swearing in on March 20, and an additional session is March 24, 25, 26, 31 and April 2 with swearing in on April 8.

Those interested should contact Julie Bellezza at julie@AtlanticCapeCASA.org, call 609-601-7800 or see atlanticcapecasa.org/VolunteerInfo.aspx to download the volunteer application.

Adult career training opportunities available

Cape May County Technical School offers several career training opportunities for adults.

Post Secondary license preparation programs for Cosmetology, Dental Assisting and Practical Nursing are offered, as well as several other program options. All programs are 10 or 11 months long and are scheduled to start in September, with the exception of the Practical Nursing Program, which is scheduled to start in July. A high school diploma or equivalent is required and potential candidates are required to achieve a passing score on a pre-entrance test. Those interested are encouraged to register for the pre-entrance test as soon as possible, as seats are limited.

Pre-entrance test registrations are now being accepted. Test dates vary by program but open test dates are available for all programs in February. The Test of Adult Basic Education is the pre-entrance exam required for all programs, with the exception of Practical Nursing, which requires the Test of Essential Academic Skills. The test fee for the TABE is $15 and the test fee for the TEAS V is $50. Candidates who pass the pre-entrance test will be scheduled for an interview/orientation meeting to review program registration procedures.

Potential candidates, particularly those who are unemployed or underemployed, also may be eligible for tuition assistance up to $5,000, through Cape-Atlantic One Stop. The process to determine eligibility takes at least 10 weeks and those interested are encouraged to start this process as soon as possible.

For more information about the post-secondary programs offered at CMCTS or pre-entrance test registration, call the Adult Education Office at 609-465-2161, ext. 681.

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.

Lincoln display set at Upper library

The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township is presenting an Abraham Lincoln display in the Upper Township branch of the Cape May County Library by member Robert Holden of Steelmantown. Holden is a senior adjunct professor of history at the Atlantic Cape Community/Cape May County Campus and a former teacher in the Ocean City School District for more than 30 years.

Holden has a vast collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia and has spoken on the subject many times in the area. His collection of Lincoln books represents the largest private collection in South Jersey.

The display includes a copy of The Lincoln Collector, a numbered edition signed by the writer, Carl Sandburg. Another book included is Vol. 2 of the Four Volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, written by "muckraker" writer, Ida Tarbell, who once wrote for McClure's Magazine at the turn of the century. (This story was profiled in the recent best seller, "The Bully Pulpit," by Doris Kearns Goodwin).

This display will be in the library through Feb. 28.

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.

Black History Month celebration set

The Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and the Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage invite the public to celebrate Black History Month with "The Legacy of George Henry White," an exhibit and documentary.

George Henry White, founder of Whitesboro, is the topic of the documentary "George Henry White, An American Phoenix. There will be a closing reception and final showing at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. An exhibit on White and the history of Whitesboro will remain on display through February. The exhibit will be open noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. The exhibit and documentary showings are free and open to the public. The Beesley House is handicapped-accessible.

The Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and the Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage Commission members encourage you to learn more about the contributions of George Henry White. For more information, call the 609-465-6415.

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 may also 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. Be on the look out for that rare and exciting avian migrant, such as the Snowy Owl, as it does a stop over on our Cape. There's always something new and exciting to learn about as we explore the great outdoors in winter.

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 cost is free

Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party set

The seventh annual Diamonds for a Cause cocktail party to benefit Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The event includes food and raffles, and will take place at the Luke Palladino restaurant in Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. The event will also feature some new components, such as a whiskey tasting. Tickets are $100 per guest. Sponsorships are also available. The event is hoped to raise $60,000 with proceeds benefiting children and family services.

Raffle entries may be purchased for $100 each or two for $150. All buyers of raffle tickets will receive a $100 gift certificate, no minimum purchase, to Bernie Robbins Jewelers. One person will win a pair of 14-karat white gold inside-out diamond hoop earrings compliments of Bernie Robbins Jewelers. Additional prizes include experiences from Caesars Entertainment.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 609-822-1108 or see jfsatlantic.org.

Animal control seeks public's help

Shore Animal Control Services is requesting the public's help in reporting animals that are left outdoors in extreme cold temperatures.

Shore Animal Control serves Upper Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township and West Cape May. Regular patrols of the municipalities are routine, but animal control is asking for help from the public for animals in back yards that are not visible from the street. Neighbors can report violations of township ordinances by calling Shore Animal Control at 800-351-1822, and officers will investigate.

Warnings and summonses will be issued for all violations in the municipalities of Dennis, Upper, Woodbine and West Cape May.

Radiology school enrollment open

Open enrollment for Shore Medical Center's School of Radiologic Technology is under way.

The School of Radiologic Technology provides a full-time, two-year certificate program that teaches students the safe and correct way to take X-rays of the human body. The program is divided between classroom hours and hands-on clinical experience. Program graduates are awarded a certificate of program completion, which along with the possession of an associate's degree or higher will allow them to apply for the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists Examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, graduates may apply for state licensure.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the first day of class and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants who have not already earned their associate in applied science degree must have completed the following prerequisites at Atlantic Cape Community College with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before applying to the program: Bioethics: Realities of the New Millennium, College Algebra or Precalculus, Comprehensive Medical Terminology, Conceptual Physics, English Composition I and II, General Psychology, Heritage of the Western World I or II, The Human Body, Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking, Introduction to Computers.

Applicants who already have earned a degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, including the successful completion of the following three college credit courses with a grade of "B" or higher: Written/Oral Communication (i.e.: English Composition), Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (College Algebra or Precalculus) and Medical Terminology. The degree does not need to be in radiologic sciences.

Open enrollment ends Feb. 28. All applications must be received by this date.

Artist residency grants available to schools

The Artists-in-Education Consortium announces the 41st annual Artists-in-Education Residency Grant Program.

Any New Jersey public, private, charter or parochial school serving grades pre-K to 12 is eligible to apply for funding to bring an artist-in-residence to their school. Grants range from $6,000 to $10,000 and support residencies for 20 days or more.

The mission of the Artists-in-Education Program is to make the arts a basic part of a sound, quality education for all students in pre-K through 12th grade, and to provide quality professional development for teachers through long-term residencies with professional teaching artists. The AIE Program is a cosponsored project of Arts Horizons, Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional funding provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

AIE residencies focus on direct learning about the arts and the processes of creating art, including the skills, techniques and concepts of the art form. Residencies are offered in all disciplines including the visual, literary and performing arts and at all grade levels through the AIE Residency Grant Program.

The deadline for applications is March 3. Technical assistance workshops are offered to assist schools in preparing applications. For more information, and to access program guidelines and application, see njaie.org.

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, 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.

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).