Spring concert set

The Ocean City High School Instrumental Department presents a Spring Concert at 7 p.m. May 7 in the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, 501 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City. The Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Strings programs will perform. The senior band members will be recognized.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, tickets available at door.

Puerto Vallarta Night to raise funds

The Pilot House Restaurant in Cape May presents a fundraiser, Puerto Vallarta Night, from 5 to 8 p.m. April 28 at the restaurant, 142 Decatur St., Cape May.

Beach wear is suggested. There will be an open bar, buffet, live entertainment from the Pilot House Singers and Players for $25, and a silent and bag auction. Proceeds benefit the Center for Community Arts and WFCA-LP 101.5 FM, which serves Avalon, Stone Harbor, Middle and Lower Townships and Cape Island.

For ticket information, call 609-884-7525 or see centerforcommunityarts.org.

Pikolycky to serve on Sustainable Jersey board

Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky has announced that he has been appointed to serve as a New Jersey State League of Municipalities representative on the 15-member Board of Trustees for Sustainable Jersey. His term is March 1, 2013-Feb. 29, 2016.

Writers conference set

The 11th Annual North Wildwood Beach Writers’ Conference, now in conjunction with Atlantic Cape Community College, is all new this year and focused on preparing writers to become published authors. The event takes place June 4-5.

Experts in hands-on workshops guide participants in creating fictional characters, inventing realistic dialogue, polishing style, even awakening the muse. Learn the logistics of finding an agent, an editor, a publisher. Workshop leaders include award-winning novelist Tom Monteleone, editor Paul Dinas, Dr. Dan D’Auria and more. The formal dinner has been replaced with a networking cocktail party. There are also contests, manuscript evaluations a book bazaar and an evening of drama.

The fee of $125 includes two days of workshops, two continental breakfasts, and the cocktail party. Attendees receive a certificate for CEUs. The conference takes place at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk. See NWBWC.com for details and registration form.

Coalition to assess unmet needs from Sandy

Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton has announced that the Cape May County Long Term Recovery Group has engaged the international Christian Relief Group, World RENEW, to conduct an unmet needs assessment in areas of the county where primary homes were damaged and Hurricane Sandy victims may need additional assistance.

The Cape May County Long Term Recovery Group is a coalition of community volunteers, religious organizations, private nonprofit agencies and local governments who assembled after Hurricane Sandy to maximize resources available to those in need.

World Renew volunteers will be in Cape May County May 4-17 and will target the communities that have had the most damage, primarily Ocean City, the Wildwoods and Sea Isle City.

The volunteers will be easily identified. They will have bright green shirts and carry identification at all times. They are specially trained to assess damage, assist with federal relief forms and deal with the psychological after effects from loss. Volunteers plan to go door to door in the most heavily affected areas.

Cape May County residents who have damage to their primary home in excess of their insurance, FEMA and the SBA loan (if applicable) can call 609-463-6570 to request a visit. Callers should specify they would like to have a visit from World Renew or the Long Term Recovery Group and give their name, address and phone number.

A Walk-In Center will be located in Wildwood at the office of Cape Assist, 3819 New Jersey Ave. The center will be open May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 14 from 2 to 8 p.m. Another Walk-In Center will open in Ocean City at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The FEMA number to call for assistance is 1-800-621-3362.

STARS info session set

Atlantic Cape Community College will host an information session for high school students eligible for free Atlantic Cape tuition under the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II scholarship programs on May 1 at 6 p.m. in Atlantic Cape’s Walter Edge Theater, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

Established by the state in 2004, NJ STARS—Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship—provides high school students graduating in the top 15 percent of their class with free tuition at their local community college. Students from Atlantic and Cape May counties who meet all criteria will have up to two years from the date of high school graduation to enroll and begin using the scholarship at Atlantic Cape.

Students must first apply for all need-based federal and merit-based state financial aid grants. After that, NJ STARS will cover the remaining balance of tuition.

To RSVP, see atlantic.edu/admission/njstars/njstarsForm.html. For more information about NJ STARS and NJ STARS II, contact Linda McLeod, assistant director of college recruitment, at 609-343-5009, 609-625-1111, or 609-463-4774, ext. 5009, or email mcleod@atlantic.edu.

Bank donates to Every Breath Counts

To help the nonprofit Every Breath Counts Foundation organization raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research, the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation donated $1,000 for the annual Every Breath Counts walk/run event.

The Every Breath Counts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research and support programs in the southern New Jersey shore area. Proceeds from Walk, Shop and Brunch benefit three organizations that focus on lung cancer research and patient advocacy and support: the South Jersey Cancer Fund, the LUNGevity Foundation, and the Lung Cancer Alliance.

Woodbine to hold public hearing on cable concerns

Mayor William Pikolycky has announced that the borough of Woodbine will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. May 2 at Borough Hall, 501 Washington Ave.

This hearing is to evaluate the application of Comcast of South Jersey, LLC, for the renewal of its municipal consent to own, operate, extend and maintain a cable television and cable communications system in the borough. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard with respect to this application. Copies of the application will be on file with the Borough Clerk and can be reviewed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Borough Hall.

Clutterers Anonymous to meet

Vali Heist, a certified professional organizer and author of “Organize This!” will speak at 1 p.m. May 2 during the monthly meeting of Clutterers Anonymous, at the Women’s Civic Club of Stone Harbor, 96th Street and the beach.

Admission is free and all are welcome. For information, call 609-368-2692.

Fred Hall Orchestra to play Cape May

The city of Cape May will present An Evening with the Fred Hall Orchestra on May 17 at Cape May Convention Hall.

A limited number of $30 VIP tickets are available to benefit Cape May Forum as it kicks off the “Water Matters” Spring Forum, featuring explorers, experts and photographers from National Geographic Live! VIP ticket holders will have priority seating and have the opportunity to “Meet the Speakers” at the semi-private event, catered by the Washington Inn, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets for An Evening with the Fred Hall Orchestra are $15 and available at Cape May Convention Hall Box Office, by calling 855-708-9699 or 609-884-9563 or at capemaycity.com.

Annual photography contest set

The Avalon Historical Society and the Avalon History Center invite young and old to submit their favorite photographs May 6-31. Categories for 2013 are Personality, Scenic, Nature, Abstract, and a Children’s Category.

Entry forms and rules are available from the History Center, 609-967-0090, or Suzie Gallagher, 609-967-8105. This year there will be a prize for the winner in each category.

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.

GED testing dates announced

GED testing for May at the Cape May County Technical School Distict will take place 3:30-9 p.m. May 8-9 and May 22-23.

Mandatory pre-registration and orientation takes about a hour and is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 7 for the May 8-9 test and 3:30 p.m. May 21 for the May 22-23 test at the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, office 145.

Those interested in the GED test must bring to the registration/orientation a money order or cash for $50 (no personal checks) and two forms of ID, one a government-issued photo ID, along with an original birth certificate or Social Security card. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must present their certificate of consent to participate form at the time of registration. Contact the GED office for a form. For more information, call the Technical Schools Continuing Education office at 609-465-2161, ext. 648 or 646, and for more test dates, see capemaytech.com.

Call for artists for May show

The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit as many as two entries for the May show, themed “shadows,” competition and exhibition.

The maximum size is 50 united inches (length plus width). The entry fee is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Entries are accepted in all media and can reflect any theme. Entries can be dropped off April 26-29.

A “Meet The Artist” reception and awards presentation will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public and the show runs through the end of May.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating awareness of the arts and art community. The Art on Asbury Gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, and is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Monday. Call 609-814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org.

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.

Sea Isle City police chief trains at Quantico

Sea Isle City Police Chief Thomas D’Intino recently participated in a specialized training program for law enforcement officials at the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Va.

The 10-week course is designed to improve the administration of justice in police departments and other law enforcement agencies at home and abroad, while raising standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. On April 9, D’Intino, a Sea Isle City native, was honored during a City Council meeting, received a Joint Legislative Commendation, a Certificate of Congressional Recognition, and a crystal plaque from Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio.

Scholarship available to Cape May County women

Cape Women’s Resource Fund Inc. will award at least one $1,000 scholarship this year to a young woman graduating from high school who is a resident of Cape May County. Last year the Fund awarded four scholarships to Cape May County graduates.

Criteria include a B average through high school, acceptance to either a two-year or four-year college program with proof of acceptance, and community involvement or community service during high school.

Applicants must submit a 500-word essay on a choice of topics: “Do you think there should be a requirement in this country for every student to dedicate at least two years to military or public service, either immediately after high school or college?” or “Do you think that women are equal to men in all aspects of our society? Why or why not?”

Candidates should submit essays and proof of meeting criteria to CWRF, Box 903 Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 or to Christine Cote, 3409 Bybrook Drive, Villas, NJ 08251. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 24.

4-H offers poultry workshop to public

The 4-H livestock clubs of Cape May County will host a Poultry Clinic and Picnic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4, open to the public and held in the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center at the 4-H fairgrounds. The Cape May County 4-H Livestock Committee will grill hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Poultry showmanship expert Richard Hickman will demonstrate basics and finer points of showing a bird in competition. Poultry will be available for participants to work with during the clinic. Clinic coordinators ask participants not to bring their own birds, to preserve safe bio-health standards.

Peter Brown, known as the “Chicken Doctor” and owner of First State Vet Supply, will lecture on poultry diseases and parasites from 1 to 3 p.m. Brown has spent a career in the poultry industry. He will discuss serious poultry health issues such as coccidiosis, Marek’s disease, scaly leg, bumblefoot and the treatment of lice and other parasites. He also will demonstrate proper vaccination methods on poultry carcasses.His Poultry Emergency Kits will be available for purchase.

Pre-registration is required, call 609-465-5115, ext. 605. There is no registration fee, but participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert for the picnic. The 4-H fairgrounds are located at 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

County government honors CASA

Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Board of Chosen Freeholders recently recognized the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program and passed a resolution declaring April 2013 as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in Cape May County.

CASA’s mission is working with trained volunteers to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible. Volunteers come from varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds and act as advocates for children who are victims of abuse and or neglect in the complicated, unfamiliar and often intimidating court and child welfare systems. Court appointed CASA volunteers serve as the court’s eyes and ears in a child’s life, thus helping to improve the quality of information presented to the court and child welfare systems.

County library holds website contest

To promote its newly designed website, the Cape May County Library is conducting a monthlong survey requesting online feedback from its webpage users.

The total value of prizes is more than $300. The contest is open to residents of Cape May County or registered Cape May County Library patrons with current library cards. See cmclibrary.org/contest/view/form for the complete list of rules and an entry form.

Prizes and certificates were donated by local establishments.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony plans concerts

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony will bring masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box Theatre in Atlantic City in a series of five concerts July 7-Aug. 18.

The concerts will be conducted by Bay Atlantic Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin and will feature renowned soloists. All concerts will be on Sundays at 5 p.m. with tickets on sale May 4, starting at $25. Call 866-900-4849 for tickets.

July 7: Americana concert features ‘A Lincoln Portrait,’ Sousa marches and 1812 Overture.

July 14: Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, Unfinished, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 58, violinist Jorge Avila.

July 21: Italian opera with arias and duets by Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Soprano Julia Kierstine and tenor Richard Crawley.

Aug. 4: An all-Mozart concert with Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, ‘Jupiter,’ and Violin Concerto in D major, K. 218, with violinist Kai Gleusteen.

Aug. 18: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, soloist Stefan Jackiw.

The Bay-Atlantic Symphony’s next subscription concert series will take place May 5 at 2 p.m., the Richard Stockton Performing Arts Center, Galloway Township. For more information, call 856-451-1169 or see bayatlanticsymphony.org.

History exhibit showcases Chalfonte

Learn about the historic Chalfonte Hotel and Cape May’s Civil War hero Henry Sawyer in the Carriage House Gallery exhibit “Cape May’s Chalfonte Hotel: A Living National Landmark,” guest-curated by author Karen Fox and sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, which opens April 26.

The Chalfonte Hotel was built by Sawyer, who was taken prisoner in 1863. It has hosted guests continuously for more than 137 years. The exhibit is in the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Fox has adapted her book “The Chalfonte” into an exhibit showcasing life and legends from Sawyer’s battlefield diaries and prison letters to more than a century of vintage photos, watercolors, architectural drawings, kitchen diaries and more.

The opening is 7 p.m. April 26; the exhibit is free and open daily April 26-Nov. 10.

Junior Chefs Cooking Camp taking registration for summer

The Family and Community Health Sciences Department of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County offers a new and creative program, Junior Chefs Cooking Camp, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2 for children who have completed grades five to seven. Children will learn to prepare a variety of foods including snacks. The pilot project incorporates nutrition education with hands-on food preparation lessons to encourage a lifetime of healthy eating habits.

The cost is $125. Registration and payment are requested by May 10. To register or for more information, call 609-465-5115, ext. 609, or e-mail mcourtney@co.cape-may.nj.us.

Beach Sweep set for April 27

Clean Ocean Action will host a beach sweep in Ocean City from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m April 27.

Cleanup supplies will be handed out at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. All organizations and families are invited to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep beaches clean and safe and protect the coastal environment. Call 609-399-6111, ext. 9711.

Sunday ‘Sports Talk’ set

Cape May Convention Hall is host to a Sunday “Sports Talk” open forum for fans to connect with some of the area’s most recognized members in sports media.

The live audience interaction provides fans the opportunity to discuss the topical sports stories with in-depth knowledge from several award-winning journalists.

A Sunday “Sports Talk” will take place April 28. First pitch is at 2 p.m. for the 2½-hour open forum. Admission is $5 at the door. Sports fans of all ages are invited. Conversation also will touch on careers in journalism, communications and broadcasting. Cabanas of Cape May will sell tailgate-style food with nonalcoholic beverages.

Cape May Forum presents speaker series

Cape May Forum presents a series of evenings featuring the experience of the region’s water experts followed by discussion and refreshments. The schedule includes:

April 26, special program at the Coast Guard Training Center with 5 p.m. tour of the base and 6:30 p.m. lecture, ‘Guardians of the Sea: The Shield of the Environment,’ Lt. j.g. Jacqueline Fitch with MST3 Kristina M. Toronto, Ida Lewis Auditorium, Coast Guard Training Center Cape May

May 3, ‘Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebird Connection,’ Gretchen Whitman, director, Nature Center, takes place at the Nature Center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May

May 10, ‘The Effects of Hurricane Sandy,’ Stewart Farrell, Stockton Coastal Research Center, Rutgers AIC Admin Building, 1636 Delaware Ave., Cape May

The free talks take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays in April and May. All are welcome.

Atlantic Cape offers summer sessions

Atlantic Cape Community College is offering a variety of credit classes this summer at its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. The courses include:

Summer Session 1, May 28-July 3: Biology of Our World, Human Anatomy Physiology I, Intro to Computers, Public Speaking, Western World I, Intro to Algebra I-Prealgebra, Introduction to Algebra II, College Algebra, Statistical Methods and Elementary Spanish I.

Summer Session 2, July 1-Aug. 22: Student Success Seminar, Psychology of Exceptionality, Reading/Writing II, General Psychology and Principles of Sociology.

Summer Session 3, July 15-Aug. 22: Human Anatomy Physiology II, Western World II, Intro to Algebra I-Prealgebra, Introduction to Algebra II and Precalculus.

Visit atlantic.edu/summer to view summer and fall class schedules and to register online.

Art camps in Ocean City

The Ocean City Arts Center presents more than 50 weekly art camps offered this summer, beginning June 17.

Offerings include drawing, painting, dance, pottery, sculpture with clay and wire, and film and TV, and classes where children learn to make masks, create puppets and puppet shows; acting for pre-schoolers called Little Stars, art as it relates to science and invention, and more. Classes change weekly and take place either 9 a.m.-noon or 12:30-3:30 p.m. They cost $165 per week and most classes are for children ages 6-11.

See oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.

Cleanup volunteers needed

From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, Comcast employees and their children, friends and families will pull on their work gloves and volunteer to help Ocean City recover from Hurricane Sandy, with the 12th annual Comcast Cares Day, Comcast and NBCUniversal’s signature day of service and the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.

Volunteers from Comcast, OCNJ CARE (Clean-up And Recovery Effort) and the World Fishing Network will plant dune grass and clear debris. To join in, see comcastinthecommunity.com or call 215-642-6635.

Aviation museum’s ‘Runway 5K’ cleared for takeoff

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum at the Cape May Airport will host the Runway 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk at 9 a.m. June 8

The airport will temporarily close to air traffic so runners and walkers can compete on the runways. Early registration is recommended. All participants 18 and older registered before June 1 will be entered to win a free ride on the B-17 Yankee Lady WWII bomber, which will be at the museum June 10-12. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. at the entrance to the Aviation Museum. Proceeds of the rain or shine event benefit Hangar No. 1 restoration efforts.

See usnasw.org or tnteventmanagement.com, call Bruce Fournier at 609-886-8787 or email bruce-nasw@comcast.net.

Cleanup volunteers needed

Civic groups, scout troops, families, individuals and other volunteers are invited to join in Sea Isle City’s annual Spring Beach Cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon April 27 (rain date April 28), hosted by the Sea Isle City Environmental Commission.

Students who volunteer during the Beach Clean-Up can earn community service credits. Volunteers will be asked to document the type of debris collected from beaches and dunes. That data will be given to Clean Ocean Action to be compiled to help identify potential pollution issues. Volunteers will be invited to attend a buffet luncheon at Mike’s Seafood Market and Dockside Restaurant immediately afterward. Volunteers can register on the cleanup morning at JFK Boulevard and the Promenade, where Environmental Commission members will distribute supplies and luncheon tickets.

Call 609-263-2081 or see seaislecitynj.us.

Cape Island seeks designation as Community Wildlife Habitat

New Jersey Audubon and the National Wildlife Federation are seeking community support to certify Cape Island as a Community Wildlife Habitat.

For the purposes of this effort, Cape Island is defined as the entire land mass south of the Cape May Canal, encompassing all habitats including preserved farmlands, parks, private for-profit businesses, condominium associations and individual back yards. A community-wide habitat conservation project is already occurring, and to unify it, NJA proposes to register Cape Island in the program.

To certify your yard, business property, school or church, go to nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife.aspx, and look on the right for creating a habitat and getting the certification.

The Cape Island Certification Project is lef locally by the Nature Center of Cape May. Email Evelyn Lovitz at nccm@njaudubon.org to assist, or for questions.

Breast cancer awareness walk set

Cape May County invites the public to participate in the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk from 10 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Cape May County Park and Zoo.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. followed by a warmup session. The walk will proceed around the park area at your own pace. The first 75 registered walkers will be given a free pink T-shirt for participating. All walkers with be provided a map of the route and educational signage will be posted along the trail.

For more information about this event, call 609-465-1047.

County offers review of medications for seniors

Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor announced that the Department of Aging will offer a free medications review for seniors 60 and older at county senior centers in May.

Bring medications for a free review by a pharmacist from 10 a.m. until noon on either May 16 at the Ocean City Senior Center, or May 17 at the North Wildwood Senior Center. This review is a safety check and can be helpful for a person who has a chronic health condition, is being treated by more than one physician or is taking over the counter medications.

To reserve a meal for the day of the event or for information, call the Ocean City Senior Center at 609-399-0055 or the North Wildwood Senior Center at 609-729-2090.

Theater company plans student workshop

Applications are available for the award-winning East Lynne Theater Company’s Summer Student Workshop.

This year, it’s “An Evening of Fables,” presented in storytelling fashion with a minimum of props and costumes. Like last year’s workshop, the focus is on the storytellers themselves, working as a tight ensemble, and the imagination. Fables and stories will be from a variety of sources including “1,001 Arabian Nights,” the Brothers Grimm, and Aesop.

This year, 12 students ages 11-16 can work with ELTC’s professional staff, including Sally Bingham, who is heading up this year’s workshop. Technical Director Lee O’Connor and Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth will be around to help ELTC’s Student Workshop. The workshop dates are June 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, July 1 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. July 2, students will perform in front of an audience, open to the public and admission free.

The location for the workshop and the performance is The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. (corner of Decatur and Hughes) in Cape May, where the company is in residence, and the fee is $200. To receive an application form, visit eastlynnetheater.org or call the office at 609-884-5898 to receive one via snail mail. For questions, contact Gayle Stahlhuth at eastlynneco@aol.com or call the office.

Historical Museum hosts model building workshop

Join the Ocean City Historical Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 as members delve into the world of models. Models of all sorts will be on display and guests will be able to ask questions and learn from veteran model builders.

Held at the Ocean City Community Center’s Senior Center, this event is for children 8 and older. Admission is $10 and all children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and payment required in advance. Lunch will be served, so allergies should be made known at registration. Each child will be given a model kit depending on age and skill level, with an opportunity to work on it throughout the event and take it home.

For more information, call 609-399-1801.

American Legion to honor forgotten heroes

American Legion Post 524 of Ocean City will host a ceremony honoring the memory of four deceased Cape May County veterans whose remains have gone unclaimed until now. Post 524 and public officials will assemble at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Street and Wesley Avenue, at 11 a.m. April 25 to pay tribute.

Following the ceremony, the veterans’ remains will be escorted from Ocean City to the Cape May County Veterans Memorial Cemetery for burial. The public is invited to join Post 524 and their fellow veterans service organizations in offering their respects to these formerly forgotten heroes.

4-H offers summer teen institute

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County and NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May are accepting applications for the 2013 Rutgers 4-H Summer Teen Leadership Institute at the Nature Center of Cape May’s environmental education campus on Cape May Harbor.

The eight-week program, from June 24 through Aug. 16, provides youths in grades seven to 12 with a leadership and learning experience through service, teaching and social activities. It coincides with summer children’s program day camps at the Nature Center of Cape May. Professional NJ Audubon teacher naturalists provide teens with mentoring in marine science, teaching skills and successful work habits. Rutgers 4-H educators lead teens in youth-driven community service projects and leadership skills development activities.

Participants job-shadow nature center teacher-naturalists for eight to 10 hours weekly and attend a mandatory weekly training session every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Coordinators try to accommodate teens’ outside work schedules. A mandatory orientation session will take place June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May. Contact the 4-H Youth Development Program to learn more, at 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or see njaudubon.org/centers/nccm.

The application deadline is May 15. Participation is limited to 20 students, and tuition is $250 for eight weeks of hands-on experience and mentoring in marine science, teaching skills and work habits.

Volunteers to be honored

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor OCNJ C.A.R.E. (Cleanup And Recovery Efforts) volunteers Dottie Cianci, Karin Gleason, Maria Marinelli and Kathy Sykes at its Annual Salute to Working Women at noon May 1 at the Ocean City Yacht Club.

While hundreds of volunteers made Ocean City’s recovery efforts possible after Hurricane Sandy, these four women were essential in the process and took leadership roles. The luncheon will honor all working women at home or in the workforce. The luncheon is open to the public and is $25 per person.

For information and reservations, contact the chamber office at 609-399-1412 or info@oceancitychamber.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).

Law fair planned

The Cape May County Bar Association will host its fifth annual Law Fair in conjunction with the Cape May County Superior Court from 9 a.m. to noon May 3 at the Cape May County Courthouse in Cape May Court House.

There will be a variety of attorneys, county agency representatives and court division representatives and a fair in the back lobby of the Cape May County Courthouse. This event provides free education to the public on the law and legal system and is supported by funds from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. The Cape May County Bar Association will also hold a special award ceremony and reception at 9 a.m. for the Cape May County High School Mock Trial champions, Middle Township High School.

For more information, or if you are interested in having a table in the fair, contact Michele Devine-Hartnett, executive director, at 609-463-0313 or cmcba@comcast.net.

Nature center holding plant sale, swap

The Nature Center of Cape May is holding its annual Spring Wildlife Plant Sale.

Orders must be received by April 30. Plants can be picked up from the Nature Center on May 11 and 12 at 1600 Delaware Ave.

The Nature Center will conduct its annual Backyard Habitat Plant Swap on April 27. This year’s theme is caterpillar host plants. Admission is one plant and a new or used garden tool. For admission, guests can take one “swap plant” home. Bring additional plants to swap on a 1:1 ratio. Plants may be dropped off April 27, and guests will receive a credit voucher to use April 28. See njaudubon.org/SectionBackyardHabitat/RecommendedNectarPlants for a list of caterpillar host plants.

Order forms can be obtained at the center. Call 609-898-8848 or see NJAudubon.org/centers/nccm.

Senior jamboree set in Avalon

The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services will host the annual Senior Jamboree at 10 a.m. May 2 at the Avalon Community Center, 30th and the beach, Avalon.

The theme is “Kentucky Derby,” so feel free to wear your favorite fancy hat. Also, wear your dancing shoes, since there will be live entertainment and dancing. A free lunch will be served by staff of the Department of Aging and Cape May County high school students, and awards will be given to the Senior of the Year, female and male, and to the Organization of the Year.

The free event is open to all Cape May County residents age 60 or older. For more information, call 609-886-2784.

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.

Gently used books needed

The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library seek donations of gently used books. The group will not accept magazines, textbooks, or books damaged by water or storms. Drop off books at the Circulation Desk of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City.

Scholarships available

The Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants’ Association is offering educational scholarships to students who live within the geographic boundaries of the association and meet certain eligibility requirements.

Since 1998, the association has awarded about $100,000 to students from the greater Tuckahoe area. Applications will be accepted from high school seniors for the James and Martha Owens, Alex and Virginia May scholarships,and the Doris C. Stowell Scholarship program is in its fifth year.

One high school senior who meets special criteria established by Stowell will be selected as a recipient for the $5,000 Doris C. Stowell Scholarship. The number of scholarships for the James and Martha Owens Scholarship will be determined by the number of applicants, and the dollar amount will be set later, but will be at least $500. The Alex and Virginia May Scholarship is $1,000 and is for a high school senior who will attend a community college. The Owens and May scholarships for the high school seniors will be awarded after a student successfully completes the first college semester and provides the scholarship committee a copy of the transcript. The Stowell scholarship for a high school senior will be awarded after a student successfully completes the first year of college and provides the scholarship committee a copy of the transcript.

All applicants must be residents or dependents of residents, or dependents of business owners who operate within the GTAMA scholarship geographical boundaries, which are: to the north, the city limits of Corbin City; to the south, Cedar Swamp Creek; to the east, the intersection of Cedar Swamp Creek and Tuckahoe River if extended; to the west, the Dennis Township-Woodbine border.

Applications are available at local high schools, the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchant’s Association website or Sun National Bank in Tuckahoe. Completed forms must be in the high school guidance office by May 1. College applications must be at the Tuckahoe Committee by June. 1.

Volunteers sought for 4-H

Cape May County 4-H is looking for volunteers. Volunteer orientations are set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 16 and 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

4-H is looking for club leaders for gardening, photography, science, engineering and technology and herpetology programs. Corporate and Leadership volunteers are being sought for the Cape May County 4-H Foundation as well as volunteers for the annual 4-H fair. Interested volunteers complete an application, attend training and meet with 4-H staff prior to their appointment. Volunteers serving as 4-H Club leaders are provided curriculum, resources and support for the clubs and programs they develop and implement.

4-H volunteer opportunities are varied to suit your interests and the time commitment is flexible. Call 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or email mlfrandino@co.cape-may.nj.us to get more information about the scheduled orientations, current volunteer opportunities and to preregister.

N.J. hosts student competition for those of Indian origin

The North South Foundation, a volunteer-driven 501(c) e organization will hold an educational contest for students in first through 12th grades who are of Indian origin, on April 28 at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford. At least one parent or grandparent must be of Indian origin.

The proceeds collected through registration charges will be used for scholarships for disadvantaged college students in India. The Cherry Hill chapter of North South Foundation will help participants from the Atlantic City area with a math workshop, if enough students are interested. To learn more about the North South Foundation or Brain Bee, call 856-503-6606 or email yorepiba@verizon.net

Free vacations offered

The Ocean City Tourism Commission, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ocean City Board of Realtors have once again joined forces to promote “America’s Greatest Family Resort” by awarding 11 families a weeklong family vacation in Ocean City.

Each winner will receive a seven-night stay in a three or four bedroom condo that sleeps as many as eight people. Pictures, addresses and descriptions of each unit are available on the contest entry page. Contest entry is through the Chamber’s website at OceanCityVacation.com. Entrants may enter one time for each of the 11 weeks per email address.

Winners will be randomly selected and notified about three weeks before their vacation. Winners will be selected beginning June 3 and each week following until Aug.12.

Youth arts program under way

The Center for Community Arts children’s art education programs have begun for the winter/spring term.

Paige Cunningham, a West Cape May resident, is teaching the theme “Animals in Art” for the Art at the Library Program. This yearlong art class for children ages 6 to 9 takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in four locations; Sea Isle City on Mondays, Wildwood Crest on Tuesdays, Lower Township on Wednesdays, and Cape May on Thursdays. The class reads a book, discusses the illustrations and creates art inspired by the story. Many mediums are explored; clay, pastels, paint, sculpture, charcoal.

The Youth Arts Program program is back from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays for children ages 10 to 14. Located in two locations; Cape May and Lower Township, this program is a great way to spend a night with peers creating art in a comfortable, fun atmosphere. It’s free and includes all art materials and dinner.

Call 609-884-7525 or see centerforcommunityarts.org.

Rutgers rep to visit Atlantic Cape

A Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College representative will visit Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, in the first floor lobby, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 28.

Members of the community are invited to learn about the B.A. and B.S. degree programs Rutgers offers at the Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, including bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Labor and Employment Relations, Liberal Studies, Nursing (RN to BSN), Political Science, Psychology and Public Health.

There will be information available about graduate programs in Education, Business Administration (MBA), Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace.

For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape offers dual admission programs with Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities. With on-site facilities, students can start at Atlantic Cape and finish at Rutgers or Fairleigh Dickinson universities without leaving campus. Atlantic Cape’s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has more than 35 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.

These events are free and open to the public. No appointment is needed. Attendees should bring an unofficial transcript. For more information about Rutgers at Atlantic Cape programs, see offcampus.rutgers.edu/atlantic-cape or contact Elizabeth Moore at 609-837-2910 or emoore@atlantic.edu.

Tickets on sale for concert series

Tickets for the Jersey Shore Pops Summer Concert Series are now on sale. Tickets will be available online and directly at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center Box Office, 212 Bayberry Road, Cape May Court House.

The concert series will include eight concerts with a focus on international guest stars from around the world. The series will open at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center the last weekend in June. The concert series is as follows: Irish Tenor, 7:30 p.m. June 29; Stars and Stripes Forever, 7:30 p.m. July 6; Legends in Concert, 7:30 p.m. July 13; The Italian Tenor, 7:30 p.m July 21; Swingin Sixties, 7:30 p.m. July 28; Classics Rock, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4; The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10; Sinatra and Friends, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Tickets range from $25 for balcony seating to $40 for VIP orchestra center seating. Discounted season tickets range from $75 to $220. To purchase either season or individual tickets, call the JSP Ticket Office at 800-838-3006 or the PAC at 609-463-1924.

Scholarship offered

The Nature Center of Cape May will offer the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund for a third year. This work-study program provides recipients with a $3,000 award each year throughout four years of college. Administered by Nature Center Director, Gretchen Whitman, the fund seeks to promote a deeper understanding and awareness of the natural sciences while encouraging responsible stewardship of our shared natural resources.

The fund was established by long term New Jersey Audubon members and volunteers, Barbara and Warren Nuessle in honor of their 16 year-old son, Randy, who died in 1984 of Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy.

Since this is a work study scholarship, selected students are obligated to serve as interns during the school year or summer for a total of 150 hours. In addition, the Nature Center staff serves as the intern supervisors and assist students and their schools in obtaining college credit under the school’s cooperative education programs.

Eligibility for the fund is limited to graduating seniors from designated high schools in Cape May County. A committee, composed of members representing the Nature Center of Cape May and the community of Cape May, ensures that selected students have demonstrated academic excellence while giving special consideration to those with financial need.

Interested students should request a scholarship application through their school guidance department, or by contacting the Director, Gretchen Whitman by calling: 609-898-8848 or email Gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

Bridges conference planned

The Partners for Connections in Education (P4CE) will present the Bridges Conference 2013: Connecting Higher Ed and K-12 May 8 to 10 at the Cape May Convention Center. The Bridges Conference will showcase unique partnerships and projects that are helping higher education and K-12 to work together on enhancing the continuum of available educational opportunities for students of all ages.

The conference will feature many innovate programs that look beyond the traditional institutional role on behalf of high student achievement and the development of creative and innovative students through economically feasible programs and projects between colleges and K-12 school. The conference will also feature Keynote Sessions from Hall Davidson from the Discovery Educator Network, Steve Zalot from Apple Computers and Melanie Andrich from Eduventures. Special Topic Sessions and small group “hands on” presentations will also be available throughout the conference. The Bridges Conference is co-sponsored by Wilkes University, PLS-Third Learning, Discovery Education and the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

For the complete conference agenda and to register for the Bridges 2013 Conference visit the P4CE website at p4ce.org and click the register today link.

PAC, youth orchestra partner with Pops

The Middle Township Performing Arts Center has announced that the Atlantic Youth Orchestra will join forces with the Jersey Shore Pops for the 2013 season. This will be a continuation of a partnership started last year with the Pops orchestra hiring six of Atlantic Youth Orchestra’s outstanding members. The goal is to prepare these students for a possible professional music career as well as draw a younger audience to the orchestral concerts.

The Jersey Shore Pops Summer Concert Season which will feature members of the Atlantic Youth Orchestra begins June 29, at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-838-3006 or the box office at 609-463-1924 or see JerseyShorePops.org.

Police academy seeks candidates

The Cape May County Police Academy is accepting applications from aspiring police officers for the Alternate Route Training Program scheduled to start the Basic Course for Police Officers on Aug. 26. Applications are available through April 30.

This program, offers would-be-officers a better chance at employment as they become eligible for full police certification when they graduate. The program is the only residential based academy in the state of New Jersey for municipal officers requiring them to live on base while they train. The tuition cost is $3,300 which includes instruction, lodging, meals, ammunition, and textbooks.

Alternate Route Applicants must be 18 or older and have 60 college credits by September 2013 or two years of full time military service. To be eligible for selection, the candidates must pass written, physical, oral and psychological exams as well as a background check.

Applications are available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Public Safety Training Center located at 171 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House. Applicants must pick up their own application and bring photo identification and a fee of $75 which may be paid in cash, check or money order, made out to County of Cape May.

For more information, call 609-465-1134.

Free movies in Ocean City

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents free pre-screened films featuring artists and art trends every month through June.

Movies are shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Upcoming shows include May 7, “Finding Neverland”; June 11, “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

For more information, call the Ocean City Fine Arts League at 609-814-0308 or the Ocean City Public Library at 609-399-2434.

Jersey Shore Pops to play

The Jersey Shore Pops, under the musical direction of Linda Gentille, will present the 2013 Summer Concert Series beginning June 29 at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House.

The series includes: The Irish Tenor, 7:30 p.m. June 29; Stars and Stripes Forever, 7:30 p.m. July 6; Legends in Concert, 7:30 p.m. July 13; The Italian Tenor, 7:30 p.m. July 21; Swingin Sixties, 7:30 p.m. July 28; Classics Rock, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4; The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10; Chairman of the Board, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Individual tickets will range from $25 for balcony seating to $50 for VIP orchestra center seating. To purchase season tickets, call the JSP ticket office at 800-838-3006 or the PAC at 609-463-1924. Tickets can be purchased online or in person and student ID must be showed for ticketing.

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: “How to Make a Rope Swing,” May 17-June 7; “Lend Me a Tenor,” June 12-July 26; “Boeing Boeing,” July 31-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.