Noyes Museum plans 30th anniversary gala

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College will hold its 30th anniversary gala, “Noyes at 30,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21.

The event will take place at the museum in Oceanville. Artist Earl B. Lewis will paint on-site; his work will be part of a live auction. Sculptor Roger Wing will demonstrate woodcarving techniques and create a special piece for the gala auction. Fred Noyes’ painting “Flowers,” donated by H. Paxson and Michelle Keates from their personal collection, will be featured in the art auction. Judy Courter, historian and author, will sign her book, “Fred and Ethel Noyes of Smithville, New Jersey: The Artist and the Entrepreneur.” Live music will be provided by SFBminor, a jazz subset of the Stockton Faculty Band. Gourmet cuisine will include “Fred and Ethel’s favorites,” modern interpretations of classic cuisine taken from Smithville Inn menus from the 1950s and ’60s, when the Noyeses owned and operated the inn. Gary Giberson, a friend of the Noyeses, renowned decoy carver and mayor of Port Republic, will make an appearance.

Tickets are $100 per person and proceeds benefit the Noyes Museum’s exhibitions, educational, public and outreach programs.

For tickets or information, call 609-652-8848 or see

Drum Circle planned

The Herban Legend Boutique on the Village Greene in Historic Smithville presents its annual Autumn Drum Circle Event on Sept. 21.

The circle takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date Sept. 22). The theme is Peace and the Balanced Harmonious Life and the event is free. Festivities include a Djembe Workshop, where the audience can learn the basics of West African drumming with master drum maker Conrad Kubiak. Hanna Rzasa, dance expressionist and instructor from the KineticPoetic School of Dance, explores improvisational dance movement with drum accompaniment, and assists the workshop in finding comfort in individual and group interpretive, and spontaneous dance expression.

Poets will share their works on peace and harmony. Poets include LoReal ElleVintage, Betty Jean Swartz, Lola Irizarry and Joe Mc Cullough. There may be an open mic segment. Then the drum circle will be facilitated by Brian K. Johnson Sr. For more information, contact Brian at

CASA information session set

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold an information session at noon Sept. 17 at the Atlantic County Library in Mays Landing.

The 60-minute program gives an overview of the organization and describes how CASA volunteers advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Attending the session is the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer. To register, call 609-601-7800 or email

For more information, see

Church hosts women’s ministries simulcast

Fusion Church at 701 New Hampshire Ave. in Somers Point will serve as the Atlantic County host location for “Living Proof Live,” a live simulcast with best-selling author Beth Moore, on Sept. 14.

The event is expected to draw 250,000 women around the world. Moore’s organization, Living Proof Ministries, is based in Houston. The event also will feature Dove-award winning musical artist Travis Cottrell. Door open at 8 a.m. for breakfast, simulcast 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, covering one full day of music and worship, sessions led by Beth Moore, snacks and lunch and materials.

Call 609-601-1299 or register at

Fall Festival includes chili contest

On Sept. 28, the Mays Landing Merchants Association’s 12th annual Fall Festival includes a chili contest open to any restaurant within Atlantic County.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced at the end of the day and will receive a ribbon, bragging rights and a certificate to hang up.

Contestants will be judged on overall taste, flavor and texture. In addition, the public can purchase the right to sample each of the entries for $1 from noon to 3 p.m. and vote on their favorite.

The People’s Choice award given will be given to the most popular chili dish. Restaurants interested in the chili contest may register at

The Fall Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Memorial Park in Mays Landing, at the intersection of Main Street and Route 50.

Celebration planned for Peace Pilgrim

The sixth annual Peace Pilgrim Celebration, Sept. 20-22, will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Mildred Lisette Norman’s transformation from a small-town farm girl to international peace activist.

The three-day event celebrates the life and work of Peace Pilgrim, an American sage who walked highways and byways for more than 27 years spreading her simple but profound message of peace: “Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.”

Norman, born 1908 in Egg Harbor City, grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of town and was valedictorian of Egg Harbor High School. After many years of reflection, she relinquished her personal identity to become Peace Pilgrim. On Jan. 1, 1953, with just the clothes on her back, a toothbrush and comb, she started her cross-country pilgrimage for peace at the head of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Those who attend the three-day celebration will be asked to re-enact Peace Pilgrim’s original pilgrimage by signing copies of her original petitions for peace, which will be delivered to the United Nations and Washington, D.C. in November.

Egg Harbor City friends of Peace Pilgrim will also be asking for the public’s support in an effort to get Peace Pilgrim inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Events include the two-mile Intergenerational Walk for Peace steps off from Peace Pilgrim Park, 500-block London Ave., at 9 a.m. Sept. 21. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Donation is $5. T-shirts will be available for the first 100 walkers. The second half of the walk will be in silent meditation.

For compete details, visit

Kids Fun Run set in A.C.

CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties in partnership with the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center is hosting a Kids Fun Run at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 on the Boardwalk in conjunction with the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series. The Fun Run features a mile-long course for children ages 4 through 12. The cost to register before the day of the event is $15 per child, $20 the day of the race. All participants will receive a T-shirt, a finisher medal and an official time. To register for the Kids Fun Run please call 609-822-1167, ext. 118, or visit For more information, see The Kids Fun Run will include pre- and post-race activities for children including a mascot run with Seaweed the Sea Turtle, Super Can, Martin Z. Mollusk, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and the Fractured Prune. Refreshments and prizes are available for all participants.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Dennis Courtyard located at Park Place and The Boardwalk in Atlantic City. All proceeds will benefit CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Parrot Heads to hold ‘End of Summer Wake’

Members of the Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club will host musicians Scott Kirby and Peter Mayer in a concert Sept. 18. The concert will follow the club’s third-annual “End of Summer Wake,” at 7 p.m. at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road in Somers Point.

Peter Mayer and Scott Kirby have been playing and writing music together since they first met in Key West in 1989. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 609-927-2759. Call or stop by now before they are all gone. The free “End of Summer Wake,” from 5 to 7 p.m., will feature local musician Ben Clayton, free munchies, drink specials, prizes and giveaways and the opportunity to catch up with parrot head friends while commiserating the end of summer. Anyone interested in learning more about the Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club is invited to attend.

The Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties brings together people with similar interests in the music of Jimmy Buffet and organizes social gatherings, charitable fundraisers, and community service events throughout the year. For information about the club, events and membership, see and become a facebook fan at Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club.

Barbecue to benefit Operation First Response

Mainland Regional High School’s Support Our Troops program will host a barbecue fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at American Legion Post 352, First Street at Pennsylvania Avenue in Somers Point. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will be donated to Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping wounded military veterans and their families.

Support Our Troops will present the proceeds of the barbecue and their other fundraising efforts at Walk for the Wounded, which will take place on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Sept. 28. To reduce costs for the barbecue, the group is seeking donations of food, beverages and paper goods.

To donate or purchase tickets to the barbecue, please contact Jo Carney at 609-334-2508, 609-926-1701, or or

Breast cancer workshop planned

Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 700 New Road, Linwood, will host Richard H. Greenberg, M.D., from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18, who will present ‘Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Advanced Breast Cancer.” This workshop offers information on the latest treatments for advanced (metastatic) breast cancer. In addition to learning about treatment options and side effect management, patients and their loved ones will learn about ways to cope with the social and emotional challenges of this diagnosis from women living with the disease. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP required.

For information or to RSVP, contact 609-926-2699 or

Gilda’s Club to hold ‘Men’s Night’

Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 700 New Road, Linwood, will host “Men’s Night” facilitated by Barry Keefe, MSW. This event is free and open to men touched by cancer in any way.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16, Barry Keefe will facilitate “Men’s Night,” a monthly, male facilitated group for men touched by cancer in any way. Whether you are a patient or survivor, a family member or friend, or have lost a loved one, come be with other guys for support and camaraderie. Dinner provided. Sponsored by Holy Redeemer Hospice. RSVP required.

For information or to RSVP, contact 609-926-2699 or

Culinary classes set for fall

The Academy of Culinary Arts, in collaboration with Atlantic County and Hammonton, will offer a series of culinary classes this fall. Classes will be offered at the Human Services Building, 310 Bellevue Ave. in Hammonton.

Not sure how to use up those last few items in the garden? We’ll show you how to spruce up your menu with the last of your harvest in Seasonal Cooking on Sept. 26.

As the weather cools, learn how to prepare rustic and elegant soups to get you through the winter in Soups on Oct. 24.

Learn a variety of interesting and different side dishes, and one or two may become new traditions for your family in Nontraditional Side Dishes on Nov. 14.

Learn to prepare rolled, dropped and iced cookies. Bring a recipe you would like to share, and we will create an electronic file for the group in Cookie Exchange on Dec. 12.

All classes meet 6 to 9 p.m. Classes will include demonstration, tasting and some hands-on activity. Cost per workshop is $85 per person. For additional information, call 609-343-4829 or visit

Yogathon scheduled for Sept. 15

The Every Breath Counts Foundation for Lung Cancer’s will hold an all-day “Just Breathe Yogathon” from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 on the Somers Point Beach, Bay and Higbee avenues. The day starts with a butterfly release at 11:15 a.m., followed by six yoga sessions, taught by yoga instructors from the South Jersey area. The day will end with a luminary celebration at 8:15 p.m. To register, visit Attend one class or all. Registration begins at 11 a.m..

The rain location is Shore Medical Center Diorio Hall, next to the cafeteria.

Early registration is $25, day-of is $35. If you register for the Every Breath Counts Walk Run Survive 5K Run at the same time, a further discount is offered. Instructors include Arianne Green, from Zen Den in Margate and Ocean City; Steve Mullen, of YogaDog in Northfield/JCC/NJ YogaZone, Jessica Schultz-Compton and Carli Smith, of Grace and Glory in Linwood, and Laurie Greene, of Yoga Nine Smithville.

Tickets now on sale for RemArcAble Raffle

Five winners of The Arc of Atlantic County’s RemArcAble Raffle will be drawn on Sept. 21 at the I. Rice and Co. Golfing for Good Tournament, benefiting The Arc’s Recreation Program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Prizes include a trip to San Francisco with round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations; a $1,000 American Express gift card; a weekend stay at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City with spa package and dinner for two; a restaurant gift certificate package featuring Chef Vola’s, The Palm, The Continental, and Ventura’s Greenhouse; and an iPad Mini. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 20, or by calling Carol Sprouse at 609-485-0800, ext. 141. Tickets also are available at the Golfing for Good Tournament. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold. The tournament and raffle drawing will take place at Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Drive, Egg Harbor Township. The tournament starts at 7:30 a.m. and the drawing will take place at 2 p.m. inside the Harbor Pines clubhouse.

The RemArcAble Raffle was added to the Golfing for Good Tournament, now in its fifth year, in 2011 to help boost proceeds from the event.  The tournament was founded by local golfers Irv Singer and Steve Kuhl, who wanted to make a difference through their favorite pastime. They selected The Arc as a beneficiary because of its comprehensive services that include a golf program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since its inception, the tournament and raffle have raised a combined total of nearly $150,000 to benefit The Arc’s recreation program.

Golfers and interested sponsors can sign up at Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start in a scramble format. The cost is $150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome. Tickets for the luncheon only are $30. Sponsorships are available starting at $100. For more information, see or call 609-485-0800.

Community Education registration on at Charter Tech

Registration for Community Education Classes will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts, 413 New Road (Route 9), Somers Point.

Classes include: Rockademy afterschool music performance program; Protools 101 and 110; filmmaking; Photoshop, all levels; voice lessons; piano lessons; dance.

For more information, call Phyllis London at 609-926-7694 ext. 177. See

Red Cross, Bob’s Discount Furniture launch scholarship program

Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross launched the High School Heroes Scholarship Program during the New York Giants’ third annual American Red Cross blood drive Aug. 25.

This program will give high school students in New York and New Jersey the opportunity to compete with other schools during the 2013-14 school year for a share of $250,000 in scholarship money. The High School Heroes program honors students who make exceptional contributions to the American Red Cross blood donor program in their schools, and helps encourage young people to become involved by helping patients in need.

Students who host at least two high school blood drives through the year and achieve an annual participation rate of at least 30 percent of their school’s age-eligible students are qualified to win a base scholarship of $250. Students who meet those initial requirements are also eligible to win additional scholarships, including as many as eight $1,000 grand prize scholarships per winning school. The winners in each state are determined by the number of students who donate and the total units collected.

For complete rules, see

Jaffe exhibit under way

Rae Jaffe, a professional Ocean City artist, is exhibiting at the second-level dining room of Latz’s by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, to Oct. 31.

The exhibit of oils, “Color Scapes,” reflects Jaffe’s strong treatment of streetscapes as well as florals, gardens, roadways and pathways painted both in the studio and en plein air. For more information about Latz’s by the Bay, call 609-788-8838 or see; for the Great Bay Gallery at 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, call 609-653-4991 or see

Rescue Mission auxiliary to meet

The next regular meeting of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission Auxiliary will take place Sept. 17.

The auxiliary meets to hear updates on mission programs and activities and first hand accounts directly from clients who are served in various programs. All are invited. The meeting takes place from 11 a.m. to noon at Linwood Community Church, 1838 Shore Road, and is followed by lunch. Bring your lunch. A dessert, coffee and hot tea will be served.

For information or directions, call Kathy Schmookler at 609-345-5517, ext 165.

Free computer classes for unemployed

The T. Byrd Training Center is offering training classes for people who may qualify for a free training grant from the One Stop Center for Microsoft Office Professional and QuickBooks training program.

This 10-week course covers MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and QuickBooks. Classes begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 16 at the T. Byrd Center, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville. Call to register or for more information at 609-484-9356. See

AtlantiCare Hospice offers commemorative bricks

AtlantiCare Hospice invites the community to honor a loved one by purchasing a personalized engraved brick or dedicating a birdhouse or bench to be part of the AtlantiCare Hospice Celebration of Life Walk.

The path is designed to give the community, family and friends the opportunity to honor, remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. The walk is located at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus in Pomona. Proceeds of brick purchases benefit programs and services of AtlantiCare Hospice.

4-by-8-inch bricks with as many as three engraved lines are $100

8-by-8-inch bricks with as many as eight engraved lines are $250

Copper-roof gabled birdhouse with engraved plaque is $1,250

Teak bench with engraved plaque is $2,250

Bricks purchased by Sept. 2 will be unveiled at the AtlantiCare Hospice Tree of Lights Celebration of Life event at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at ARMC’s Mainland Campus. For more information or to order a personalized engraved brick, call AtlantiCare Hospice and Palliative Care at 609-407-2020. For information about other AtlantiCare programs and services, call 888-569-1000 or see

Free computer training for seniors

If you are 60 or older and want to become better at using the computer, The T. Byrd Center offers a computer training series.

The program is funded by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services.  Classes begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at the center, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville. Bring your laptop or use the center’s.  Includes continental breakfast, all course materials and free Microsoft Office software.

Registration is required; call 609-484-9356. See

Stockton to host Pinelands Short Course

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will host the 25th annual Pinelands Short Course on March 8, 2014, a daylong educational event that explores the unique ecology, culture and history of New Jersey’s Pinelands.

The course is open to the public and includes sessions on topics such as wildlife, plants, land-use/recreation and history and culture. Non-profit organizations and other groups may distribute information and sell Pinelands-themed books and artwork in an exhibition gallery. New Jersey educators who attend can earn professional development credits through the state Department of Education. The course will take place in Stockton’s Campus Center and in the new Unified Science Center, set to open this fall.

Tickets are $40, with discounts available for senior citizens and students. The schedule and brochure will be available in December at

Stockton offers inaugural AlumNight

Alumni of Richard Stockton College are invited to the first-ever AlumNight to Remember for an evening of dancing and music at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.

AlumNight to Remember, a cocktail-attire event, will take place during Homecoming Weekend at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and will be held in the main dining Room at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The event, hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, includes a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres followed by dancing and music by DJ and Stockton alumnus Ahmed Khan, Class of 1989. The Alumni Affairs Office is seeking sponsorships and auction items. To become a sponsor, donate an auction item or purchase tickets, please visit Money raised will benefit deserving Stockton students.

For more information, contact or visit

Atlantic Audubon offers teacher resources

Atlantic Audubon is offering the National Audubon Society’s award-winning nature education program, Audubon Adventures, free to interested teachers in Atlantic County.

This program, written at a fifth-grade reading level, is intended for use by third- through sixth-graders. Audubon Adventures meets national language arts and science standards. Four Audubon Adventures student newspapers (32 copies each) for students are accompanied by a resource manual for the teacher, including detailed lesson plans, tips for outdoor study, hands-on activities, and student assessment tools. This year’s series, “Sharing Our World with Birds,” includes: Regal Raptors, Hooray for Hummingbirds, Sensational Seabirds, and Caring for our Planet-Find Your Passion, Get Involved.

Interested teachers should phone requests for Audubon Adventures materials by Sept. 15 to Atlantic Audubon, 609-748-4397. Funding is limited to the first 10 teachers who respond.

JCC presents fall author series

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center of Margate in partnership with the Jewish Times and the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties presents its Fall Author Lecture Series featuring topics surrounding politics and Israel, and will be held in the Katz JCC Auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate.

7 p.m. Sept. 12, Professor Robert P. Watson, Ph.D, who will discuss his book ‘Truman and Israel,’ the story of the politics and personalities behind statehood in 1948.

7 p.m. Oct. 23, Professor Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D, who will discuss his book ‘George S. Marshall and the Creation of Israel,’ with a look into some of the most controversial of Marshall’s acts as secretary of state from 1947 to 1949 that concerned the 1947 partition of Palestine and the 1948 recognition of Israel.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $18 per person per lecture or tickets for the series can be purchased for $30 per person. Katz JCC Members receive a 10 percent discount. Tickets are available for purchase at the JCC in person or by calling 609-822-1167.

Training offered for literacy volunteers

Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic Inc. is a volunteer-driven adult literacy provider that trains and supports people who wish to help improve the literacy skills in their community.

Volunteers receive 15 hours of instruction in teaching basic literacy (reading and writing) and conversational English. They provide educational services to adults free of charge and at a time and location (usually the library) convenient to both student and tutor. Once matched with a student, volunteer tutors offer reading, writing, job-preparedness, conversational English and survival skills instruction. Tutors also serve as mentors and role models for adults as they work toward achieving their educational and personal goals. LVA-CA has scheduled two upcoming training workshops:

Atlantic County Library/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 12 and 19

Royal Suites, 214 W Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29, Nov. 5, 12 and 19

More information and registration materials are available, call 609 383-3377 or see

Sunday school set at Beth El

Beth El Synagogue’s new Sunday school for ages 5-7 begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 15.

The teacher is author and illustrator Connie Steiner, who has written such books as “Shoes for Amelie.” Steiner received her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her curriculum will include studying the Bible and Jewish holidays, along with art and other activities. Enrollment can occur even after the school starting date.

For more information or to register your child, contact 823-2725. Beth El Synagogue is located at 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

Training classes offered

The T. Byrd Training Center is offering training classes for people who may qualify for a free training grant from the One Stop Center for Microsoft Office Professional and Quick books training program.

This 10-week course covers MS word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and QuickBooks. Classes begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 16 at the T. Byrd Center, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville. Call to register or for more information at 609-484-9356.

Seniors 60 and older who want to become better at using the computer can attend a free computer training series. The program is funded by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services. Classes begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 20. Bring your laptop or use ours. Includes continental breakfast, all course materials and free Microsoft office software. Registration required, call 609-484-9356.

Beth Judah offers Sunday school, more

Congregation Beth Judah has announced registration for its preschool, Sunday school and religious school for the 2013-14 year.

The preschool recently received a license from the state to welcome children 1 year and older. The preschool features a professional staff with degrees in early childhood, and a low teacher-to-student ratio. Early care and late care are available, and features such as Music Together and yoga will be part of children’s daily experiences. Call Lynne Midelton at 609-822-7116, ext. 120.

The Sunday school and religious school have just concluded a reworking of their objectives, following the launch last year of “A School Without Walls.” Congregation Beth Judah prides itself on creating a young Jewish person who has sufficient knowledge and skill to take his or her place in society as an active participant. The school features family events, different Sabbath service formats for families not yet comfortable with services, the Beth Judah Youth Chorale and clubs. Registration for the religious school is now online, see

For more information about the Sunday and religious schools, call Hazzan Jeffrey Myers at 069-822-7116, ext. 104. Congregation Beth Judah is located at 700 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor, and serves all of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Atlantic Cape to offer training in geospatial technology

This fall, Atlantic Cape Community College will offer Geospatial Technician Certification, a new training program in one a fast-growing career fields.

Geospatial Technician Certification will meet 6 to 9 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 7 at the Mays Landing Campus, Building T, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The course follows the STARS curriculum series, designed to teach and assess a student’s level of competence in the geospatial skill set required by the geospatial industry to become employed in the field. With a 15 percent growth in new jobs projected over the next decade, this course is designed for professionals working in homeland security, law enforcement, economic development, land developers, land surveyors, military science, engineering, public safety, real estate, municipality professionals, GIS/RS-related professionals, and anyone interested in entering the geospatial field.

For more information or to register call 609-343-4829 or see

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic celebrates 40 years

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic has been serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties for 40 years — and is planning a celebration.

The Telephone Reassurance Program provides daily phone calls to the elderly and disabled. The Gatekeeper Program links people with needed services in to continue their independent living. Volunteers are making a difference one call at a time.

To mark the four-decade milestone, CONTACT Cape-Atlantic is inviting all friends, community leaders, clients, volunteers, agencies and board members to the 40th Anniversary Celebration, 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Sofia Restaurant, 9314 Amherst Ave., Margate. Tickets are $50 per person and include a dinner buffet, cash bar, photo booth, silent auction and the grand prize raffle drawing for a ruby and diamond necklace valued at $1,950. Raffle chances are available for $5.Sponsorships are available to advertise in the anniversary program book. Call 609-823-1850 for tickets and information.

Everyone is invited to join in the fun, and wear red in honor of the ruby anniversary.

Right Notes fundraiser set for Oct. 17

The Right Notes, a wine- and jazz-themed fundraiser benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Somers Point Jazz Society, will take place starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point.

Prior to the start, guests are invited to participate in an afternoon golf session at Greate Bay. The golf portion starts at 12:30 p.m. and is limited to 80 golfers. Guests will enjoy a non-scoring competition with shotgun start, and prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive (male and female). The golf session also offers guests craft beer samplings, giveaway items and more. The cost to participate is $75 and includes cart and green fees.

For information, contact Mike Rando at Contact the Somers Point Jazz Society at 609-927-6677 or by email at

Presentations offer Sandy recovery assistance

Atlantic County is hosting a series of free presentations on Hurricane Sandy by NJ Hope and Healing.

Small Sandy Survivors is an innovative children’s workshop developed by trained crisis counselors who recognized the need for children to process why such storms occur, their feelings throughout the storm, and the long-term impacts of such storms on individuals, families and communities. Children whose homes were not directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy may still have had to deal with displaced relatives, friends and neighbors, as well as losses within their communities or favorite shore landmarks. Small Sandy Survivors will be presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21 and Oct. 5 and 19 at the Atlantic County Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Estell Manor.

Hurricane Planning and Recovery is an adult educational workshop that stresses the importance of preparation for all types of emergencies. It also includes means to manage stress and cope with emotions. Counselors encourage participants to share their experiences, ask questions and offer ideas. Hurricane Planning and Recovery will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14, 28 and Oct. 12 at the Atlantic County Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Estell Manor.

For more information about these two presentations, contact Meghan Cusack at 609-652-3800, ext. 305.

Noyes in Hammonton to hold Figure Affair

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College will hold Figure Affair: A Figure Drawing and Painting Marathon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Noyes Studios, located at 15 Horton St. in Hammonton.

Gather with professional and novice artists to take part in an enjoyable day of self-guided life drawing. Artists are welcome to draw or paint in any media. This event will consist of two segments, the first with individual model poses and the second with a group pose. Models will be both nude and costumed. Models’ costumes will be 1920s inspired to complement Hammonton’s September Third Thursday event, “Bellevue Empire.” Select artwork completed during Figure Affair will be included in a group show at the Noyes Studios on Third Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19.

Figure Affair will give artists a total of six hours of drawing time, with an hour break. The first three hours will consist of models doing warm-up poses, followed by a long pose. There will be an hour lunch break for artists at 1 p.m. Drawing will resume at 2 p.m. A group pose, with models in costumes, will fill the remainder of the day. Artists are to bring their own drawing or painting media and encouraged to bring their own easels; several studio easels are available to artists on a first-come, first-served basis. BYO beverages and snacks.

The fee to participate is $40 for Noyes members and $50 for nonmembers. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit the Online Store at or stop in the Noyes Museum Shop, 5 S. Second St. Hammonton.

Registration open for religious classes

Congregation Beth Israel religious school is debuting a new integrated program of Hebrew and Judaic studies for kindergarten through sixth grade. The program combines the study of prayer book-based Hebrew with Jewish history, holidays and customs, worship services and parent participation.

Religious school sessions will be held Sundays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. for grades 3-6. Classes for K-2 will take place 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. with aftercare available. Religious school begins Sept. 22 and registration is now open. Enrollment is offered to members of Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield. Congregation Beth Israel offers a free year’s membership to unaffiliated families, excluding religious school or nursery school tuition.

Congregation Beth Israel also offers programs throughout the school year to the community at large, including Tot Shabbat, a worship service on the first Friday night of each month geared toward preschoolers, which includes a family Shabbat dinner and a craft; “Beginnings” on select Sunday mornings, introduces Jewish ritual and tradition to families with preschool age children through songs and stories.

Call 609-641-3600 or see

Steve and Cookie’s Dog Show set for Sept. 29

The 17th annual Steve and Cookie’s Dog Show and Contest will be held Sept. 29 in conjunction with Margate’s Fall Funfest. Combining philanthropy and fun, the show and contest will be held at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Steve and Cookie’s By the Bay at 9700 Amherst Ave. (corner of Amherst and Monroe avenues) in Margate.

On-site registration for the contest is from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m. The contest will award prizes in four categories: Fashionista Dog (large and small dog), Owner That Most Resembles Dog (large and small dog), Most Handsome / Pretty Dog (large and small dog), and Most Talented Dog (one size fits all). Registration fee is $20 per category per dog. Each entrant will be given an official event T-shirt and a doggie gift bag. Winners will receive gift certificates to Steve and Cookie’s restaurant.

This year’s theme “Love is …” will promote public awareness and education on responsible pet adoption and conscientious pet guardianship. Proceeds from the event will go to NJ Aid for Animals ( and the Humane Society of Ocean City New Jersey (

There will be something for everyone: information booths, dog training tips from certified Master Trainer Lee Mann, a demonstration from Atlantic City’s K-9 Unit at 11:30 a.m., judged events and pet prizes. Burgers and music will be available in the parking lot.

For sponsorship information, contact Brooke Pileggi at 609-823-1163 or or see

Jazz tribute to Richard Somers

The Somers Point Jazz Society is proud to announce a Jazz Tribute to Master Commandant Richard Somers, USN, who died September 1804 in Tripoli harbor during in an attempt to destroy the navy of the Barbary pirates. Ed Vezinho, composer, alto sax player and band leader of the Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band has been commissioned to compose an original composition that will be performed Oct. 7 at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road in Somers Point. A visual montage will accompany this performance.

For more information visit or call 609-927-6677

This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs Additional funding is provided by Shore Medical Center

Shore and JCC plan Senior and Adult Expo

The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center announces the return of its Senior and Adult Expo from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.

The Katz JCC and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber Senior and Adult Expo in partnership with Shore Medical Center has become the largest active adult health and wellness exhibit in New Jersey. Its focus on lifestyle and active aging for baby boomers and seniors has reached more than 3,000 adults, seniors and caregivers each year in its seven-year history. The lifestyle, health and active aging expo for baby boomers and seniors offers free health screenings by Shore, hundreds of vendors, a four-part speaker series, interactive fitness demonstrations and a live performance by Ms. Senior America.

Guest speakers include Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Network Cardiologist at Shore Dr. Delcine Sood, Shore Physicians Group Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood, Urgent Care’s Dr. Gregory B. Carson, and nutritionist Nancy Adler. There will be interactive fitness demonstrations, complimentary light fare and more than a dozen free health screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, vision, hearing and more. The grand finale is a live performance by the Ms. Senior America Cameo Club at 2 p.m.

Vendor space is still available. Sponsorships are welcome. Contact Julie Fink at 609-822-1167, ext. 159, or

Walk for Wounded set for Sept. 28

On Sept. 28, Ocean City Home Bank and Operation First Response will present the fifth annual Walk for the Wounded. Registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier at 8:30 a.m., and the three-mile Walk on the Boardwalk begins at 10 a.m.

Four years have passed since Ocean City Home Bank President Steve Brady offered to organize the event. The first walk took place in fall 2009, and it has been held each year after, raising more than $200,000 for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured soldiers and their families. Ocean City firefighters again have pledged to support the event, planning to sell stickers and T-shirts to raise money for the walk. In addition, Mainland Regional High School’s Support Our Troops club has set a fundraising goal of $10,000.

Walk for the Wounded raises funds for Operation First Response through pledges solicited by individual walkers and teams of walkers, as well as event sponsorships and fees for advertisements in the event’s dedication booklet. All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a national 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Of every dollar raised for Operation First Response, 90 cents is donated to wounded soldiers and their families in times of crisis.

To learn more about sponsorships, advertising opportunities or registration, cal Tricia Ciliberto at 800-771-7990, ext. 1106, or see

Harvest Brunch for the Arts set for Sept. 29

The Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Foundation, Inc. will present its seventh annual Harvest Brunch for the Arts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Michael’s Quaremba Hall, 15 N. Georgia Ave., Atlantic City.

Tickets are $40. Call 609-347-4500 or see

Call for photos for Noyes’ ‘Raw’ exhibit

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College has announced an open call for photographs for “Raw,” its second annual juried photography competition and exhibition. the top 40 images will be selected by a juror for a group exhibition Nov. 7-Jan. 31 at the Noyes Gallery at Kramer Hall in Hammonton.

In keeping with the museum’s love for New Jersey’s natural features, images pertaining to New Jersey’s raw splendor and spirit that capture the beauty and diversity of New Jersey’s landscape, people, animals, water and nature are desired. Images in any photographic process are eligible for submission. Any image submitted must have been taken within the past three years. This year’s juror is Markam Keith Adams, assistant professor of photography at Rowan University.

There is a $25 submission fee for as many as five images; $6 for each additional image. Valid entries must include a completed application form and submission fee, and be submitted as digital files on a CD; no email submissions accepted. Entries must be submitted in the JPEG format and must be 72 ppi, image width not to exceed 1024 pixels on the longest side. Files should be titled as follows: LastName_FirstName_1Title.jpg. The file number should correspond with the number on the application form and must be sent via mail with images on a CD. Mail application form and submission fee to: Noyes Museum of Art Shop, 5 S. Second St., Hammonton, NJ 08037

For more information and a submission form, visit For questions, email Brenda Kele at

Homemade wine competition planned

The public is welcomed to participate in an amateur homemade wine competition during the third annual Waterfront Wine and Food Festival, which will take place noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at Lake Lenape Park.

Red wines will be judged Oct. 19 and white wines on Oct. 20 based on a variety of characteristics. Wine bottles may be delivered by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Entries should be in a 750ml bottle labeled with winemaker’s name and wine class. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and not be employed or a family member of any operating winery.

Entries will be judged by the South Jersey Wineries at the event. There is a $15 entry fee and applications are due by Oct. 12. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded, along with bragging rights. There will be a best-in-show medal for the overall competition. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. For applications, visit

Stockton PRSSA open for business

The National Public Relation Student Society of America organization in May accepted the request of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey students for national acceptance into the organization. The students have decided to name their chapter after their founding adviser, Dr. Ai Zhang.

The PRSSA is a national organization that gives public relations students networking opportunities and professional experience as they work with local businesses. The local chapter’s students are reaching out to local businesses to do public relations work for them. This would include events, fundraisers, writing press releases and using contacts to help improve the overall image of that business. This work will also help students of the organization gain hands-on experience in the public relations field.

To learn more about the Stockton chapter, contact Lawrence Kern at 609-513-9359 or

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: 413 Absecon Blvd. (Route 30), Absecon; 2300 Wrangleboro Road, Mays Landing; 9 Bethel Road, Somers Point.

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

Multi-Care Center seeks volunteers

Looking to give back? Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center in Pleasantville needs volunteers who are at least 14 years old.

Opportunities include: helping with resident outings, helping office staff, playing board games and bingo, card games, serving meals, friendly visits, welcoming guests, playing music or singing for guests, transporting residents to and from daily Mass at the on-site chapel, and arts and crafts. Call Shalini at 609-677-6369.

Our Lady’s is located at 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville.

13th annual Pedal-Paddle-Run set

The Absecon Education Foundation will hold its 13th annual Pedal-Paddle-Run race on Sept. 28, with a rain date of Sept. 29.

Registration will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Faunce Landing and the bay, and the race starts at 8 a.m. at Heritage Park, 500 Mill Road. For registration and other information, see or Call 609-641-5375, ext.1017.

Donovan wine dinner set for October

The Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools, Inc., will host the fourth annual Friends of Chuck Donovan Gourmet Wine Dinner and Auction at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, at the private and prestigious Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, where Donovan was a long-time member. The event is a fitting tribute to Donovan, who had a great love, appreciation and knowledge of good wine.

As an active member of the Community Partnership from 2007 to 2009, Donovan, who died in 2009, championed efforts to raise funds for academic enhancements, technology, capital projects and extracurricular activities. He was also very involved with the EHT High School Interact Club, mentoring students for many years, and serving as their point person linking them to the local finance and businesses community and helping to secure employment, mentorship and/or internship opportunities for students.

Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorships ranging from $250 to $1,000 are available. Donations to the Community Partnership are tax-deductible. For more information on the nonprofit foundation, visit, or contact Ellen Gregory at 646-8441, ext. 1017, or via email to

VFW accepting essays for scholarship contest

Atlantic County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is accepting entries for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy scholarship competition, for which local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars and scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

The program is open to students in ninth through 12th grades. Students must write and make an audio recording of an essay between three and five minutes in length expressing their views on the theme of “Why I’m optimistic about our nation’s future.” All essays and accompanying CD recordings must be submitted to a local VFW Post along with the completed V.O.D. entry form. Students must not identify themselves or their school in the essay or CD, and should do so only on their entry form. Submissions are due by Nov. 1.

For more information, see

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.

VFW seeking nominees for Teacher of the Year

Atlantic-County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is seeking nominees for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest.

Each year, three exceptional teachers are recognized by the VFW for their outstanding commitment to teaching patriotism to their students. Post 16 will select one outstanding teacher from kindergarten-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade and ninth-12th grade. These teachers move on to district level judging for the chance to compete at the state and national levels. National winners will receive a cash award for professional development expenses, a cash award for their school, plaques for themselves and their schools and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference and receive their award.

To enter, in 350 words or less describe why your nominee deserves the award and submit this explanation along with the nomination form to the local VFW post by Nov. 1. For more information, see

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.

VFW taking entries for essay competition

Atlantic County-based Veterans of Foreign Wars District 16 is taking entries for its VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Patriot’s Pen essay scholarship competition for students in sixth through eighth grades.

One first-place winner from each district will be sent to compete at the state level for a chance to compete nationally. The national winner earns a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. To enter, students must write an essay of between 300 and 400 words on the theme “What patriotism means to me.” Students must not identify themselves or their school in the essay, and should do so only on their entry form. Essays must be submitted to the local VFW post by Nov. 1.

For more information, see

ACPD offers medication drop

The Atlantic City Police Department is one of several in the state to participate in Project Medicine Drop, police said, and officials encourage Atlantic County residents to use the program to safely get rid of old medications.

The program lets people dispose anonymously of unused and expired medications, at any time, at drop boxes in the headquarters of participating police departments. The drop boxes accept solid pharmaceuticals including pills, capsules, patches, inhalers and pet medications. They cannot accept syringes or liquids. Police maintain custody of the deposited drugs, and dispose of them using normal procedures; they also make a quarterly report to the Division of Consumer Affairs about the quantity of drugs turned in.

State Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said he encourages all Atlantic County residents check their medicine cabinets for expired or unneeded drugs, and bring them to the ACPD drop box, which is available around the clock every day. Atlantic City Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said his agency was pleased to participate in the project.