Original Jazz Brunch set

The New Jersey Shore Arts Association and Pattie Harris Dance Theatre will hold the 18th annual Original Jazz Brunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. April 22 at Scales Deck and Bar, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. in Atlantic City’s historic Gardner’s Basin area.

The brunch is intended to raise community awareness. This year’s honorees are Atlantic City’s Art Dorrington, a mentor to young people and the first black player signed to an NHL contract; Absecon Mayor Peter Elco and his wife, JoAnn, who are active in charitable work, and Broadway’s Pattie Harris, an Atlantic City native and owner/operator of the Atlantic City Dance Theatre. Brunch proceeds go to develop art classes and find volunteers to teach art at Our Lady Star of the Sea School, as well as the dance theater, which brings the Incubator for Talented Youth to the Boardwalk each summer.

Tickets cost $40. Donations can be made to the NJ Shore Arts Association and mailed to NJSAA, 47 N. Tallahassee Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401. For more information, email NJSAA@sosnov.com or call 609-345-0899.

5K run set in Northfield

The Northfield Education Foundation will hold its inaugural NEF 5K Run and 2.5K Walk on April 29 in Birch Grove Park. The 5K Run will begin at 9 a.m. with the walk following at 9:20 a.m. The events will take place rain or shine. The proceeds of these events will support the students at Northfield Community School.

Preregistration is open until April 20, with a fee of $20 per person, per event. After April 20, the fee is $25 per person, per event and can be done in person at the Northfield Community School from 3 to 5 p.m. April 27 or on race day from 7 to 8:30 a.m. in Birch Grove park. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 150 preregistered individuals. Prizes for the first, second and third place male and female in various age groups will be awarded as will prizes to the first, second and third place Northfield resident (no double awards will be given).

For more information, or to register, email NEF5k@yahoo.com or see northfield.groupfusion.net.

McGurks Memorial Run scheduled

The Egg Harbor Township Police Athletic League, together with Sponsors Bennett Chevrolet and Chickie’s and Pete’s of Egg Harbor Township, has scheduled the third annual McGurks Memorial Run and Road Rally for May 27.

Proceeds from the event — held in honor of PAL volunteers former Atlantic City Police Officer Dennis McGurk and his wife, Oksana, who died in a 2008 airplane accident — will benefit McGurk’s Air Force Flying PAL’s Youth Aviation Club and other PAL programs. The event begins with registration at 10 a.m. at Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, and is followed by a scenic ride through the Pine Barrens, and ends at Chickie’s and Pete’s, 6055 Black Horse Pike. The cost is a $20 donation per driver, $15 per passenger. Visit

EHTPAL.org or call 609-645-8413 for more information.

College to hold special event

Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate Administrative Professionals Week with an event sponsored by Administrative Office Procedures students. The event, “Admins, the pulse of the office,” will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 25, in Cafeteria B at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The evening will include exhibitors, refreshments and a presentation at 6 p.m. titled, “Secrets to Coordinating a Successful Office Team,” by Brittine Pratt, coordinator, Atlantic Cape’s office of the President.

Administrative professionals handle a wide variety of duties in management and technology for businesses, corporations, government and public and private organizations. Service-learning projects are incorporated for students to share their administrative and computer skills as volunteers in the community.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals, formerly known as the National Secretaries Association, originally organized this annual event in 1952 as “National Secretaries Week.” The event is open to the public. For more information, call Prof. JoAnne DeCicco Barbieri at 609-343-4988, email barbieri@atlantic.edu or see atlantic.edu/ost.

Free tax help available

Free income tax-return preparation is available in Atlantic County by certified counselors with the IRS/AARP tax aide program. The following sites will offer free tax-return service, and appointments are required:

Atlantic County Library/Ventnor: Mondays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., call 609-823-5877.

Atlantic County Library/Galloway Township: Tuesdays,

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., call 609-652-9262.

Atlantic City Free Public Library: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to

6 p.m., call 609-677-8266.

Atlantic County Library/Brigantine: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, call 609-266-1684.

Margate Senior Citizens Pavilion: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to

2 p.m., call 609-823-5877.

AtlantiCare Life Center, Egg Harbor Township: Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., call 888-569-1000.

Atlantic County Library/Brigantine: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, call 609-266-1684.

Walk-ins are welcome at the Somers Point Senior Center on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 609-335-7805 and leave a message.

Atlantic Cape to hold open house

Atlantic Cape Community College will provide information for those looking to begin a new career, enhance job skills or seek personal enrichment at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. April 18 in J-building at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet college faculty and staff, apply for admission, learn about financial aid options, and discover how to launch a new career with a college degree or short-term training certificate. Information will be available about Atlantic Cape’s degree programs, including business, criminal justice, culinary arts, aviation studies, liberal arts, communication and health professions. Students who wish to continue their education without leaving the Mays Landing Campus, can obtain information about degree completion programs through Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.

College representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the NJ STARS program. Atlantic Cape will host a NJ STARS Information Session from 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus.

For more information, call Linda McLeod at 609-343-5009, email mcleod@atlantic.edu, or see atlantic.edu/admission/openHouse.html.

Arc event raises funds

The Arc of Atlantic County’s “How the West Was Fun!” tribute dinner raised $65,000 for the organization.

The Arc’s three Community Partners who were recognized for making a significant impact on the agency and its mission included Cape Bank Charitable Foundation, the Scoppa Family of Egg Harbor Township, and New Jersey District Kiwanis Clubs, Division 1.

The Arc has raised $1 million toward its goal of $1.2 million for a capital campaign that will help The Arc address the need for more affordable and accessible housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

With help from land donated by Egg Harbor Township, The Arc plans to build up to 20 new residences for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the next several years.

The campaign is now open to the community and those interested in contributing should call the Arc’s Chief Development Officer Deborah Jewell at 609-485-0800, ext. 135.

March for Babies Walk set

The South Jersey Shore March of Dimes is in the final planning stages for the 2012 March for Babies Walk to be held at 1 p.m. April 29 in Ocean City. The committee needs volunteers to help with registration, food distribution, checkpoints, and other miscellaneous functions.

Donations of food and beverages are also needed. Since registration starts at noon and the walk begins at 1 p.m., the committee tries to provide snacks and drinks for the walkers. They are expecting about 700 people at this year’s walk.

Some items still needed for the walk are water, a Gatorade type drink, granola/cereal bars, bags of ice, popcorn kernels, and other types of snack food. They committee can also use gift cards to local businesses where they can purchase items needed for the walk.

The walk site is still in need of financial sponsors, a Start/Finish sponsor and checkpoint sponsors. To volunteer, make a donation, or for more information on sponsorship, call Anna Villari at the March of Dimes at 856-375-8215 or email avillari@marchofdimes.com.

College features art exhibit

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Art Gallery is featuring “Life Filled with Light,” an exhibit of paintings by artist Sister Celeste Mokrzycki of Brigantine through April 27.

The exhibit displays paintings of landscapes, seascapes and figures in watercolor and pastel. For information, call Buddy Jacobs at 609-625-1111, ext. 5346, or email bjacobs@atlantic.edu.

Wine and food event set

The 10th annual Wine and Food Event, a unique fundraising experience that pairs fine wine with inspired hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, is set for 6 to 8 p.m. April 17 at Steve and Cookie’s by the Bay in Margate. Tickets are $50.

Gary Dee, aka Joan Rivers, will greet guests on the red carpet with a complimentary gift.

The female impersonator gets raves in the musical revue “Believe — Divas in a Man’s World” at Resorts Atlantic City and will lend his talents to the event that benefits the MBA Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program and the MBA Children’s Fund, a need-based program for Margate schoolchildren.

Participants will be able to simply score the various wines they sample.

Participants who select the most wines ranked No. 1 by distributors will win a prize. The evening will also feature a silent auction.

For more information see marvelousmargate.com.

United Way offering tax help

United Way of Atlantic County has launched its fourth annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at locations throughout the county. This is a collaborative initiative of United Way of Atlantic County and the IRS and runs until tax day, April 17.

VITA uses IRS-trained volunteers to help families and individuals in Atlantic County with filing their taxes. It is free for those with a household income of $49,000 or less, which can be a considerable savings over traditional tax preparation services. Filers also may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal tax supplement that can add as much as $5,112 to the tax refund.

Residents should dial 211, New Jersey’s non-emergency information hotline, for more information on how to access the VITA sites. To qualify for these services and tax credits, claimants must be qualified working U.S. citizens and legal residents with valid Social Security numbers. If a legal resident with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number meets all the qualifications, he or she too is able to retroactively claim the EITC for a as many as three years after receiving a valid Social Security number. Documents required to complete a tax return are:

Valid photo ID

Copy of 2011 tax return (if you have it)

Social Security numbers or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) for you, your spouse and any children born before 12/31/2011 (Bring social security cards or ITIN letters if possible)

Income documentation, including W-2 Forms from all jobs worked in 2011, and all 1099 Forms showing other income received in 2011

Your bank account information or a blank check for direct deposit (if applicable)

Bring documentation of the following if it applies to you:

Child care expenses, including provider’s address and federal ID number

Mortgage company statements

Adoption expenses

Alimony paid or received

Any notices from the IRS or state tax office

Property tax bills

College tuition and student loan interest statements

If you have lost or do not have all of these items, you can still get your taxes prepared. Call the IRS helpline at 800-829-1040 to find out what you need to do and how to obtain replacement documents. For more information, call 609-404-4483 or dial 211.

Virtual library available

Atlantic City Free Public Library card holders have access to the Gale Virtual Reference Library, available 24/7 from any device with an Internet connection. The Gale Virtual Reference Library provides access to thousands of eBooks on a wide range of subjects, including biographies, business, education, environment, history, religion and science. To browse, visit the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s website at acfpl.org, choose the Do Research tab, select Premium eResources and go to the Dictionaries and Encyclopedias section.

Call 609-345-2269, email reflib@acfpl.org or visit the Main Library Reference Desk for more information.

Plant swap set

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s annual native plant swap and sale is set for May 12 at 75 S. Pomona Road at the corner of Liebig Street, Galloway Township.

Participants in the Backyard Habitat Plant Swap donate two native plants to cover admission and swap up to ten additional plants for native plants of their choosing. Those without plants to swap can purchase up to three plants for $2 each. The event focuses on native, non-invasive perennials, shrub and tree seedlings as well as non-native, non-invasive species beneficial to butterflies, hummingbirds and birds. Organic, heirloom vegetable plants including tomatoes, peppers and eggplants will also be sold.

Plant drop-off hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. May 11 and 8 to 10 a.m. May 12. The Swap and Sale will take place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12. See uucsjs.org/social_action.html or call Jesse Connor at 609-652-5143.

Derby Day party set

The Charity League of Atlantic County will host the fourth annual Kentucky Derby Day Party at 4 p.m. May 5 at the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.

This year marks the 138th running of the famous race. The league will mark the tradition with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and elegant outfits. A cash bar will be available. The party starts at 4 p.m. with post time of 6:24 p.m. Attendees are welcome to dress for the Club House or the Infield.

For the novice unsure how to bet, veteran members will be glad to help anyone understand how to wager. While the winning horse will wear a blanket of roses, the successful bettors will cash in tickets for Mart Money, which will be as good as cash at any vendor when the league holds its 65th annual Christmas Mart Nov. 16-17 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point.

Proceeds from the Derby Day Party and all Charity League events benefit seven local agencies that support women and children in Atlantic County. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting Mary Ann Foley at 609-926-7619 or inishmore@comcast.net. For more information about league and the party, see charityleagueac.org.

Chefs event set

Some of the area’s finest food will be showcased at the annual Chefs at the Shore event, 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 21 at the Atlantic City Aquarium in historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City. The event is a fundraiser for the Atlantic City Aquarium and the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey.

Part of Professional Chefs Week, the fundraiser attracts local celebrity chefs from casino and regional restaurants. Chefs at the Shore features signature dishes from area restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live music and an open bar of beer and wine. Chef J.D. Austin and his band, The Kitchen, will be the featured entertainers.Growing since its inception in 2003, Chefs at the Shore last year attracted over 500 attendees. This year, more than 600 guests are expected. As a result, organizers are seeking additional restaurants to be part of Chefs at the Shore.

There is no fee to participate. Restaurants need to prepare one signature dish that can be served in tasting size portions to about 600 people. Chefs must staff their own tables. Electricity and tables are provided.

Chefs at the Shore tickets are $50 each or $450 for a block of 10 if purchased on or before June 1. After June 1, tickets will be issued at the at-the-door price of $60 per person. Sponsorship opportunities also are available, and donations of silent auction and raffle prizes are needed. Proceeds from Chefs at the Shore are used to fund scholarships for culinary students and for educational programming at the Atlantic City Aquarium.

For tickets, sponsorships or donations, contact michelle@acaquarium.com or call 609-348-2880, ext. 25. For restaurant participation, contact the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey at 609-703-9912.

Symposium set on ‘Pine Barrens’

In 1967, John McPhee published “The Pine Barrens,” a work that touched on the cultural and environmental riches of the New Jersey pines.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and its South Jersey Culture and History Center will present a one-day symposium to mark the 45th anniversary of McPhee’s influential work from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 12 in the Campus Center Event Room. The event is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and Stockton’s School of Arts and Humanities. Free online registration is available at wp.stockton.edu/sjhc/. Six speakers will be featured.

The symposium is the first public event of the new center. Its mission is to foster awareness of the rich cultural and historical heritage of southern New Jersey and to promote research and study of the region, especially among local students.

Charles Gibson to speak

Veteran journalist Charles Gibson will be the featured speaker at the 23rd annual Stainton Society Thank You Brunch hosted by the Shore Medical Center Foundation May 6 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City. Members of the Stainton Society, the foundation’s largest fundraising organization, will be invited to attend.

To attend the event, call 609-653-3800, email foundation@ShoreMedicalCenter.org or see ShoreFoundation.org.

Awards luncheon set

One Hundred and One Women Plus Inc. will hold its Black Leadership and Scholarship Awarsd Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the Atlantic City Country Club, One Leo Fraser Drive and Shore Road, Northfield. Cost is $60 per person.

The theme is “Feeding the Mind and Soul.” Community Service Award recipients are the Fellowship of Churches, Community FoodBank and Eastern Service Workers. Black Rose Member Award recipients are Brenda Harris and Laverne Usry.

To be presented are the Dr. Dorothie W. Dorrington Scholarship Award and the Joseph Jacobs, Esq. Scholarship Award. For more information or reservations, call Irene Pridgen at 609-345-5658. For ad information, call Ivy Daniels at 609-641-8239.

Conference addresses ‘green’ concerns in restaurant industry

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Green Solutions Conference for the Restaurant Industry will take place from 8 a.m. to noon May 15, at the Academy of Culinary Arts, room M-129, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Mays Landing. Industry experts will discuss how to integrate sustainability into your culture, the cost of doing nothing, practical green solutions for small and large operations and how to implement a “buy local” produce plan and green-influenced kitchen design.

Conference highlights include: Keynote presentation, “In the Relentless Pursuit of Excellence in a Greener Economy,” by Fernando Salazar, vice president of food and beverage at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Keynote presentation, “How to Start and Sustain a Recycling Program,” by Rick Dovey, president of Atlantic County Utilities Authority; plus panel discussions. A networking session with a continental breakfast kicks off the event. Participants also can explore green vendor tables and exhibits. The conference fee is $29.

To register, see atlantic.edu/green. For more information, contact Dharmesh Dave at 609-343-5658 or ddave@atlantic.edu.

Family readiness group formed

The 150th/160th Engineer Company, New Jersey Army National Guard unit out of Hammonton, has officially formed a Family Readiness Group to support the soldiers and families within the unit. The following positions were filled: Leader Wanda Tarquinio of Vineland, Secretary Janet Wilson of Mount Laurel, Treasurer Patricia Christensen of Tuckerton, and Special Events, Jennifer Freeman of Pleasantville.

If you are interested in joining the 150th/160th FRG or receiving their newsletter, or if your business or community would like more information on how you can contribute, email 150th.160th.NJARNG.FRG@gmail.com. To learn more about Family Readiness Groups, see state.nj.us/military/familysupport/frg.html.

Wanted: Old prom gowns

Kathleen’s Closet, Second Chance Shop in the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township is looking for prom wear as well as spring and summer clothing. These items will be sold at bargain prices. Proceeds from Kathleen’s Closet benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Kathleen’s Closet is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Shore Mall. Call 609-383-8843, ext 104.

Enriching Lives 5K set

Seashore Gardens and the MAPS Foundation of SJ are hosting the second annual Enriching Lives 5K run/walk in Atlantic City, with Barbara Altman as honorary race director, on April 15.

The race will take place on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at Resorts Casino-Hotel. The race starts at 9 a.m. and registration begins at 7:15 a.m. For more information contact Sharon D’Angio at 609-748-4614 or email Dangios@seashoregardens.org. Register online at SeashoreGardens.org or active.com.

Fundraiser planned for Galloway police officer

Family and friends of Galloway Township Police Sgt. Harry Hiltner are holding the “Help for Harry” benefit from 5 to 8 p.m. April 15 at the Carriage House, 25 S. Pitney Road, Galloway Township.

In August, Hiltner received a diagnosis of lung cancer that has spread through his body — one of the rare cases of this cancer in a nonsmoker, event organizers said. Hiltner has worked for Galloway police for 19 years, and his wife, Jean, works in the Galloway Township school system, organizers said.

Tickets are $20 and include food, beer, soda and wine, and musical entertainment. Tickets are available at the door, or by emailing HelpForHarry@hotmail.com. The event will feature a Chinese auction, silent auction and door prizes. Sponsors are needed, and organizers said they welcome donations of gift cards, gift baskets, and auction items. Monetary gifts to Help for Harry can be dropped off at any local TD Bank. For more information, or to arrange pickup of a donation, email HelpForHarry@hotmail.com.

Community Quest fundraiser set

Come out for “A Night to Remember” on April 26 hosted by Continental at the Pier Shops at Caesars.

The two hour Community Quest benefit kicks off at 6 p.m. and features Matthew Goerke, “America’s Memory Master” and creator of “The Memory Switch Program.” Have a memory training experience while enjoying tapas and a cash bar. Tickets are $25, or $20 if you preregister.

Community Quest provides housing and employment support services to people with disabilities and special needs. Call 609-646-0388 or register online at cqinc.org.

College joins green association

The New Jersey Green Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the improvement of the environment within New Jersey, announced that Atlantic Cape Community College has become its newest member.

The Green Education Institute at Atlantic Cape, with advisement from its Green Education Advisory Board, provides career and customized training for businesses in LEED Accreditation, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency programs, including Solar Installer Certification Program approved by NABCEP and BPI. The college also offers Environmental Protection Agency Training in response to a July 2010 requirement that all contractors get Lead-Safe certified by an EPA-approved EPA Training Provider.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs requires additional training for contractors in New Jersey-specific codes. Atlantic Cape offers classes to comply with these requirements through a partnership with New Jersey Council of Community Colleges. Contractors may earn certification in four areas: EPA’s Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting, Dust Sampling Technicians and OSHA Hazards. For information on all of Atlantic Cape’s Green Education Institute programs, see atlantic.edu/green.

For more information about the New Jersey Green Association, contact Allan Fliss at 973-627-5330 or afliss@nj-green.org.

Women’s club sponsors book night

On World Book Night, April 23, 1 million new books will be given out free across the United States. Volunteers will distribute books donated by publishers in this charitable initiative designed to spread the joy and love of reading to non-readers.

The Galloway Womens Club is supporting World Book Night by holding a free raffle of four award-winning books. New copies of “The Hunger Games,” “Mockingjay” and “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins , and the 2002 Penn/Faulkner recipient, “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett, will be raffled April 23.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this free raffle by filling out the form at the Galloway Township branch of the Atlantic County Library System until April 23, when four winners will be selected.

For more information, search Facebook for the Galloway Township Womens Club, or email Mary Crawford at Gallowaywomen@gmail.com. For more information on World Book Night, see us.worldbooknight.org.

Memories sought for Katz center anniversary

The centennial anniversary of the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center in Margate will be commemorated April 28, and the organization is seeking memorabilia, ideas, stories, photos and videos from the community that will help shape the centennial story. The center began in 1911 as a YMHA in Atlantic City and was incorporated as the Jewish Community Center of Atlantic County in 1925.

To loan or donate JCC memorabilia or personal files, contact Marg Mancuso at mmancuso@jccatlantic.org or at 609-822-1167, ext. 142.

Cancer survivorship series set

The Shore Medical Center Cancer Center has begun its spring 2012 Cancer Survivorship Series — monthly gatherings to assist patients and their families in adjusting to life after cancer treatment.

Led by Cancer Center Manager Anne Marie Taggart, the free sessions give participants an opportunity to address the fears and anxieties that can arise following successful treatment of their cancer. Following a short presentation, time is set aside for comments and questions. Remaining programs in this spring’s Survivorship Series include: April 17, Your Cancer Treatment Is Over — Now What?; May 15, Communication with Your Healthcare Team; June 19, Late Effects of Cancer Treatment; and July 17, Managing Your Stress.

All presentations begin at 7 p.m. in the Rulon Conference Room on the second floor of the Cancer Center, Shore Road and Brighton Avenue, Somers Point. Sessions are free, but registration is recommended, call 609-653-3585.

Shirley Mae run, Michael J. Walk planned

More than 250 breast cancer survivors will gather to kick off the 10th Annual Shirley Mae Run and Michael J. Walk on May 12 on the balcony of Fin Restaurant at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City.

This year, the 1.5 mile Walk takes place in memory of Michael J Neustadter, who recently died from pancreatic cancer. The new Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund will make grants to benefit of individuals showing financial need and to fund medical and scientific research programs for the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

The event begins with a survivor breakfast honoring South Jersey breast cancer survivors, compliments of Tropicana. After opening ceremonies, more than 2,000 participants and spectators will congregate on the boardwalk in front of the Tropicana for the Shirley Mae 5K Run and the Michael J. 1.5 Mile Walk, along with a Kids Fun Run. First, second and third place finishers in the 5K Run will take home cash prizes. First, second and third place finishers in the Kids’ Run (children 12 and under) will receive prizes and medals.

Registration fees are 5K Run, $30 in advance and $35 day of event; 1.5 mile Walk, $25 advance and $30 day of event. Special discounts include $20 for students (18 and under) and $15 for children (under 12).

Jazz society to honor Perkins

The Somers Point Jazz Society has named Bob Perkins as the recipient of the 2012 Jazz Masters Award.

The presentation will take place at 4 p.m. April 22 at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 900 Shore Road, Somers Point. After the presentation, the Joe Mancini Quartet will perform. The event is free and open to the public.

The award is presented annually to someone who has played a major role in promoting and presenting jazz in southern New Jersey. During his 46 years in broadcast and print journalism, Perkins has won more than three dozen awards for journalistic excellence and community service. In 2003, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Hall of Fame.

For information about the society or the event, call 609-927-6677 or see spjazz.org.

Head Start enrolling preschoolers

The Atlantic Human Resources, Inc. Head Start and Early Head Start program is recruiting preschool children for the 2012-13 program. There is no cost to families who qualify.

Children to age 3 and pregnant women are eligible for the program, which has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. For more information, call 609-348-4166.

Cooking show tickets available

Time is running out to purchase tickets for the Taste of Home Cooking Show, a partnership between the Academy of Culinary Arts and Townsquare Media. The show will feature live cooking demonstrations by Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Michael Barna, assisted by ACA students. It is set for April 26 in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building, at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

General admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877-4-flytix, or go online to ticketfly.com and type “Taste of Home South Jersey.”

The traveling culinary event is produced by Taste of Home Cooking. Each show features live cooking demonstrations of as many as 10 new seasonal recipes performed by a Taste of Home culinary specialist. Attendees take away cooking tips, and a gift bag with $40 worth of merchandise.

Casino institute offers classes

The Casino Career Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers training for those who wish to enter the expanding casino professions.

Classes currently offered include: introduction to casino games-blackjack, craps, baccarat, poker, pai gow tiles, roulette, pai gow poker, Asia poker and carnival games. CCI also offers instruction in non-dealing casino professions, including: electronic equipment technician (slots/vending/arcade) and surveillance training.

Tuition assistance and scholarships are available for eligible students. Classes begin every two weeks and are offered morning, afternoon and evening. For more information, or to register, call 609-343-4848 or see atlantic.edu/cci.

Mott exhibits in Somers Point

Ocean City artist Katherine Mott is exhibiting at The Studio on the second level of Latz’s by the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Avenue, Somers Point, through June. The exhibit, “Graffiti,” features several large pieces in acrylics, in her latest mixed-media processes, and a variety of smaller works.

Mott also will be included in the larger Absolutely Abstract exhibit, which highlights four artists’ nonrepresentational abstract work at three venues in Somers Point’s Bayfront Historic District, May 1-27. The other three are Michael Waters and Paul Harrington in the ballroom at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road; and Steve Kuzma at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave.

An Artistic Walk-About will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. May 6. The public is invited to park and walk to each venue to meet the artists at each exhibit. The locations are within easy walking distance; the public may use the restaurant parking lots, the city lots on Bay Avenue or wherever parking is allowed on the streets close to the locations. Guests can discuss the abstract style with the artists while enjoying a spring walk and sampling light refreshment provided at Latz’s by the Bay and Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro.

For more information, contact Kathleen Arleth at 609-653-4991 or katharleth@hotmail.com, see greatbayartgallery.com or call Latz’s by the Bay at 609-788-8838.

College offers online courses

Upgrade your skills, gain new knowledge and develop new talents in your own home by enrolling in online training courses through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division.

Concentrations cover business, grant writing/nonprofits, career ideas, career development, personal enrichment, test preparation and more. Courses run from Building an Ethical Business to Fundamentals of Technical Writing, Research Methods for Writers and Get Paid to Travel, and much more through Atlantic Cape, in partnership with Education to Go. For more information, see ed2go.com/accc.

Most classes are $99. All students need to get started is Internet access, an e-mail address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas. For more information, call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Artists sought for Atlantic City show

Artists are invited to apply for “Art in the Basin,” an outdoor fine arts show to take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14 at Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City. This is a juried art show that is open to both professional and amateur artists displaying original work. During the show, artists are invited to do “plein air” painting. They also are able to sell their work.

Artists must submit photographs of their work, to be approved by an Arts Committee. Applications are due by May 31. The rain date for the show is July 15. For an application, email gazman4@verizon.net or call 609-653-7006.

Stockton to host lecture

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will host a spring event of the Classical Humanities Society of South Jersey Lecture Series on April 14. It is free, open to the public and takes place at the college’s main campus in Pomona.

Professor Emeritus Duane W. Roller of Ohio State University will speak on “Greco-Roman Exploration: Reality and Fantasy” from noon to 2 p.m. April 14 in Meeting Room 5 of the Campus Center. The talk is sponsored by Stockton’s School of Arts and Humanities.

Greenhouse dinner set

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the Academy of Culinary Arts will host an organic greenhouse dinners at 6:30 p.m. April 16 in Atlantic Cape Community College’s Organic Greenhouse, located adjacent to A-Building, on the Mays Landing Campus.

Ingredients for the farm-to-table dinner will be planted and harvested in the college’s Organic Greenhouse, and cooked and served by the ACA’s students. The menu includes organically grown items, responsibly harvested seafood and free-range poultry. Guests will be seated inside the Organic Greenhouse and reservations are limited to the first 20 guests. Tickets are $75. RSVP to Careme’s Restaurant at 609-343-4940. Proceeds benefit the greenhouse.

Scholarship gala set

The 32nd annual Richard Stockton College Scholarship Benefit Gala, hosted by the Stockton College Foundation, will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 21 at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

Tickets are $225 per person. The evening’s events include a cocktail reception and silent auction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; dinner, program and silent auction from 7:30 to 9 p.m.; followed by entertainment and dancing until 11 p.m.

The entertainment for the event will be provided by singer Isabelle and Stockton’s own Faculty Band. Isabelle’s versatile style bridges jazz, pop and rock, making her a natural fit for the wide ranging capabilities of the Faculty Band.

This year, there will be a special raffle on a diamond necklace from Bernie Robbins Jewelers valued at $5,990. Everyone who purchases a $100 raffle ticket receives a $100 gift certificate to Bernie Robbins. The traditional 50-50 cash raffle will again take place as well. Both of the raffles benefit students with immediate financial need.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit stockton.edu/gala.

Solar professional certification program available

The T. Byrd Training Center, a private vocational school in Pleasantville certified by the state Department of Education, has announced a new solar professional certification program.

The course will offer an 11-week training program in solar panel installation and prepare graduates for a career in alternative energy. Students will receive hands on classes in solar panel installation, while also learning the sales and management side of energy services. The course is free via full funding if you qualify at your local One Stop Center.

To register, call 609-484-9356, or for more information call 609-350-2580 or see blackstarsolar.net.

Nursing fellowships available

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus Auxiliary is honoring late longtime volunteer and past President Martha B. Keates, by awarding fellowship funds to qualifying applicants pursuing nursing education.

Applications are open to Atlantic County residents only. Applicants must be high school graduates enrolling or enrolled in a nursing program, or have completed the pre-requisites of a nursing program. Children and grandchildren of ARMC auxiliary members are not eligible.

Applicants must submit a completed application (see atlanticare.org/about/nursing_keates_fellowship.php), a 250-word essay on why they have chosen nursing as a career, a copy of their transcripts and two letters of recommendation from nonrelatives by May 15. They also should provide supporting documents relevant to community service or volunteer work, awards, certificates, commendations and other recognitions. Fellowship funds will be applied toward tuition fees or book purchases and other appropriate educational expenses as determined by the Martha B. Keates Nursing Fellowship Fund Committee. The amount awarded is at the discretion of the auxiliary. Volunteer service at AtlantiCare is not an indication that the recipient will be automatically rewarded.

For more information, call Donna Mason at 609-441-8131 or the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000.

New children’s group started

Kid Support at Gilda’s Club is a new, free, curriculum-based peer focused support group for Noogieland members designed to address the psychological and social needs of children who have a family member or friend with cancer, as well as for children who have cancer themselves. Gilda’s Club South Jersey is one of six clubhouses nationwide participating in the Kid Support pilot program.

Trained facilitators work with two age groups, ages 4-7 and 8-11, with a variety of activities. The process is designed to help children feel safe to ask questions, express difficult feelings and share common experiences.

The program will take place Tuesday evenings April 17-June 19. To register, call Lori at 609-926-2699.

Jazz concerts set

The Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. and Tropicana Casino and Resort present Spring Jazz Concerts from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays to May 10 at the Top of the Trop in Atlantic City. Musical acts are still being booked.

Tickets will be sold at the door, Tropicana Box Office and Ticketmaster, call 800-745-3000. Ticket prices will vary per show, with most shows priced at $10. See chickenbonebeach.org for schedule and price. All proceeds benefit the CBBHFI Youth Jazz Camp. Tropicana’s room package is $39.99 on concert nights. To reserve, call 800-345-8767 and mention code TJAZZ.

For more information, the final schedule and ticket prices, see chickenbonebeach.org or call 609-841-6897 or 609-441-9064.

Poetry month events set

The Atlantic County Library System will celebrate Poetry Month in April.

Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township will hold a Poetry Slam for all ages at 5 p.m. April 27 at the library, 1 Swift Ave. Registration is required. Come out after the library closes to hear and read poetry. Make your own poetry or just enjoy listening to others. Call 609-927-8664.

Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, will offer a Spontaneous Poetry Wall during April, as well as a chance to try Book Spine Poetry. Stop in during regular library hours to add poetry to the wall or to try stacking books so their titles create a poem. Call 609-652-2352.

Libraries host teen events

Several Atlantic County Library System locations offer events for teens in the coming months.

Atlantic County Library System/Egg Harbor Township, 1 Swift Ave., holds Teen Meet events at 6 p.m. April 26 and May 17. Teens are invited to hang out, plan future events, and have fun. An Afterhours Game Night for ages 13 to 18 is set for 4:30 p.m. May 12. Registration is required. Call the library branch at 609-927-8664.

Atlantic County Library System/Galloway Township, 306 Jimmie Leeds Road, holds a Teen Meet event at 9 a.m. May 12 at 9 am to prepare for the Life-sized Candy Land program later that afternoon. Registration is required for either session. Participants earn volunteer or service projects hours depending upon the activity. To learn more, call the library branch at 609-652-2352.

Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton, 451 Egg Harbor Road, holds Young Adult Group meetings at 6 p.m. April 18, May 2, 16 and 30. Registration is required. Ages 12 and older hang out, chat, make new friends and play games. TV, video games, WiFi and snacks provided. To learn more, call the library branch at 609-561-2264.

The Outreach Services Section of the Atlantic County Library System holds a Manga/Anime Club for ages 14 and older at 6:30 p.m. May 2 at the Buena Community Reading Center. Registration is required by calling 609-625-2776, ext. 6338.

College students can apply for financial aid

Students considering attending Atlantic Cape Community College this fall can apply now for financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, or FAFSA, is available online at fafsa.ed.gov.

Students should apply 10 weeks before the first day of the semester for which the aid is required. The forms cover the July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013 academic year, and students will need their completed 2011 tax return, if they filed, to apply. The sooner a student files, the sooner they know what type of aid they can expect.

Applicants should be aware of state financial aid deadlines, including: New Jersey 2011-2012 Tuition Aid Grant recipients should apply by midnight, Central Time, June 1. All other applicants should apply by midnight, Central Time, Oct. 1, 2012, for fall and spring terms; and March 1, 2013, by midnight, Central Time, for spring term only.

To apply online, students should use Atlantic Cape’s school code: 002596. For assistance, students can contact Atlantic Cape’s financial aid office at 609-343-5082 in Atlantic County or 609-463-4774, ext. 5082, in Cape May County.

Atlantic Cape’s campuses are located at 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

MBCA scholarships available

The Metropolitan Business and Citizen’s Association Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for area students who are attending an institute of high learning in a program of two or more years. Applications are due by April 15. Scholarships include:

The Soundra and Pierre Hollingsworth Scholarships for Atlantic City residents.

A $1,500 Epicurean Society Scholarship for a student who is in the culinary or hospitality industry.

A South Jersey Industries Women’s Leadership Scholarship to an Atlantic County woman.

A sponsored scholarship from Atlantic City Weekly.

Other $1,500 scholarships.

Scholarships are open to Atlantic County residents. For applications and details, see acmetbiz.com and click on “Scholarships,” or call 609-348-1903.

A.C. Library offers computer training

Atlantic City Free Public Library members 18 and older and in good standing with the library are eligible to register for free computer training classes. Those interested must pre-register at the Computer Help Desk at the Main Library, 1 N. Tennessee Ave. The schedule is:

Computer Fundamentals taught in Spanish, 4:30 p.m. April 17; Beginning Excel, 4:30 p.m. April 24; Selling Items on eBay, 10 a.m. April 25.

Classes are three hours, unless noted. Those who don’t yet have an Atlantic City Free Public Library card can apply online at acfpl.org and at the Main Library or Atlantic City Library Express, 3001 Atlantic Ave. locations. Call 609-345-2269, ext. 3060, for more information.

Art and music scholarship available

The Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Scholarship is available to Atlantic County students who meet certain criteria. For 2012, that is:

Must be a current student in good standing at any public, private or parochial high school in Atlantic County, or must be enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year college and a graduate of an Atlantic County high school. Major may be music, art, any of the performing, fine or related arts.

Applicant will be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Applicant actively participates in a program at their current school including but not limited to school play, band, choir, art club, mural arts, literary club/magazine, photography program, drama or set design, or similar disciplines.

Must submit completed application along with at least one letter of recommendation from a member of the arts/music faculty. Portfolios of work, videos, CDs etc. are welcome but not required.

Application must be submitted by June 4.

Applications will be reviewed by the committee and the winner selected by a vote of all committee members.

Winning applicant will be announced in October and will receive a $1000 scholarship.

Payment will be made directly to the school where the winning applicant is enrolled.

All applications must be mailed to the Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Foundation Inc., PO Box 7025, Atlantic City, NJ 08404, or may be emailed to martywilson@artsinac.org.

Call the foundation at 609-347-4500 with any questions. For more information, see artsinac.org.

Tickets on sale for fashion show

Tickets are now on sale for the spring fashion show “Hammonton Has Style,” 1 to 4 p.m. April 15 at Kerri Brooke Caterers, 755 S. White Horse Pike, Hammonton. Tickets are $30. A limited number of VIP tickets will be sold for $40. VIP ticket holders will sit in the front row along the runway. The event will include a dessert reception, the show, vendors and more. Each guest will receive a goodie bag courtesy of AtlantiCare that is full of information and offers from local businesses.

Show proceeds benefit the Women’s Civic Club of Hammonton and the Hammonton Mothers’ Club. For tickets or more information, call Julie Fink at 609-561-1989, Gina Rullo at 609-576-6126 or Dawn Bova at 609-481-8999. Tickets available online at hammontonmothersclub.com.

Day camp taking registrations

Beacon Day Camp, hosted by Beacon Church in Galloway Township, is now accepting registrations for children entering first to sixth grade in fall 2012. Week one will take place July 9-13 and week two will be July 16-20. Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The cost is $80 per week and includes a homemade lunch each day and a camp T-shirt. Register online at beaconefc.org. Each camper is only allowed to register for one week until April 30. If any space is available after April 30, families already signed up will be offered the option of a second week. For more information, call Christina Speel at 609-748-0001.

Coast Guard offers essay, art contest

The Coast Guard, in coordination with Operation Sail Inc., will sponsor an essay and art contest for junior and senior high school students. One winner in each category, along with his or her parent or guardian, will be invited to ride the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle as the vessel transits part of the Mississippi River and moors in New Orleans for War of 1812 commemorative events on April 17.

OpSail has partnered with the Navy, Coast Guard and navies around the world to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the War of 1812. Some of the world’s largest sailing ships will sail into the Port of New Orleans beginning April 17 for a week of festivities, concluding with an air show over Lake Pontchartrain, April 22-23 featuring the Blue Angels.

Students submitting an essay should write 1,000 words on one of these topics and submit it to opsail2012-essay@opsail.org:

The role of the Revenue Cutter Service in the War of 1812.

The role of USS Constitution and the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812.

What the Star-Spangled Banner means to me.

Art contest entrants should submit a copy of their original art, in JPG format, depicting one of these topics to opsail2012-art@opsail.org:

A Revenue Cutter in action during the War of 1812.

What the Star-Spangled Banner means to me.

A maritime scene from the War of 1812.

The art and essay contests are open to all junior and high school students enrolled in public, parochial or private junior or senior high schools and who will be at least 12 years old by April 17. For more information, rules, deadlines and specific submission requirements, email contest@opsail.org or see opsail.org.

Gala set for AtlantiCare

The AtlantiCare Foundation’s 53rd annual Century Club Gala will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 12 at Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. It will be the first fundraising event at Revel. Proceeds of the Gala will benefit programs and services of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

To purchase tickets and/or for sponsorship information call 609-407-2327 or see atlanticare.org/gala. For more information about AtlantiCare call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or see atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at facebook.com/atlanticare.

Host families sought

The Katz Jewish Community Center is looking for families to host counselors for two- to four-week intervals this summer. The JCC Camp by the Sea will host several counselors from Israel who will spend their summer teaching campers the history and culture of Israel through stories, games, songs, dance and crafts.

Noa Eldis, Camp’s Israel Culture Specialist, hails from Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv. She served in the Israel Defense Force as an intelligence officer in the Northern Command.

Or Kazaz is from Tiberias, a tourist city on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. This summer she will teach campers dance, from modern to Israeli folk.

Or Patael will serve as music specialist/song leader in 2012. He works and lives on Kibbutz Shyfaim along the Mediterranean coast. He served as a combat medic and was later promoted to deputy commander of his unit. He also worked with disadvantaged children in a Youth Village, Kiryat Yearim.

Avichai Sufan is from Partnership 2Gether city of Arad. He will join the JCC Teen Travel Camp this summer as they trek across the east coast from Boston to New Orleans. In the IDF, he served as a commander of a combat unit.

Camil Elran will teach drama and games this summer at Camp by the Sea. She lives in Atlit, a town near Haifa in the north of Israel where she worked with the Israel Scouts, or Tzofim, for three years before serving in the Israel Defense Force as a second lieutenant working to train new soldiers.

To find out more about becoming a host family,contact Josh Cutler, program and camp director, at 609-822-1167 ext. 138 or email Camp@jccatlantic.org.

Tickets on sale for cooking show

Tickets are on sale for the Taste of Home Cooking Show, a partnership between the Academy of Culinary Arts and Town Square Media.

The show will feature live cooking demonstrations by Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Michael Barna assisted by ACA students on April 26, in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building, Atlantic Cape Community College Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

VIP tickets are $35 and general admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased at 877-4-flytix, or go to ticketfly.com and type “Taste of Home South Jersey.”

The Taste of Home cooking show is a traveling culinary event produced by Taste of Home Cooking. Each show features live cooking demonstrations of as many as 10 new seasonal recipes performed by a Taste of Home culinary specialist. Attendees take away cooking tips and a gift bag with more than $40 in items, including cooking magazines, cooking tools/utensils, promotional items, coupons and more.

Hammonton 5K run scheduled

The nonprofit Hammonton Mothers’ Club will sponsor the Hammonton 5K Run For Fun at 9:15 a.m. May 5 at Hammonton Lake Park, 100 Sports Dr., Hammonton. There will also be a 1-Mile Family Walk at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Hammonton Parks and Recreation Department.

The course will be a police-assisted run through the streets of Hammonton, starting and ending at the park. Prizes and medals will be awarded to the top male and female runners. Other awards will be given to the top male and female in different age categories.

The pre-registration deadline is April 14. All pre-entrants will receive a T-shirt. Day of event registrations are not guaranteed a T-shirt, as supplies are limited. Entry fees are 5K pre-registration $25, day of event $30, 1 Mile Family Walk $10. To register see hammontonmothersclub.com or call 609-561-1989 to have a registration form mailed.

ARCS holding open enrollment

Assumption Regional Catholic School in Galloway Township is accepting students for the 2012-13 school year. The school offers classes for students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, a nurse on staff, state-of-the-art technology and facility, before and after school care, and confidential financial assistance.

For more information, call 609-652-7134 or email cflammer@arcsgalloway.org to schedule a tour.

Atlantic Cape offers language workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer foreign language workshops for all experience levels this spring. Classes include Beginning Russian, 6 to 8 p.m. eight Saturdays beginning April 28; Conversational Italian, 6 to 8 p.m. eight Saturdays beginning May 19.

Personal enrichment classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Road in Atlantic City; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House.

For more information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

Scholarship available

The New Jersey Retired Educators Association is offering the Isabelle M. Hickman Scholarship Award.

The $1,000 award is for one year (renewable) to a student graduating in 2012 from a New Jersey high school. The student must have been accepted by a four-year college. There also is a $500 two-year community college award for students graduating in 2012 from a New Jersey high school.

Students should contact their school guidance office for more information and an application. The four-year scholarship applications are due April 15 and the two-year scholarship applications are due May 15.

Scholarship available to girls in county

High school senior girls from Atlantic County who plan a college major and a career in the sciences, particularly environmental science, can apply for the Atlantic Audubon Society’s $1,000 Patricia Booye Bristow Memorial Scholarship. The application deadline is April 15. Interested students should contact their school guidance department, or call 609-652-1860 for more information.

Atlantic Cape offers workshops

Atlantic Cape Community College offers personal enrichment workshops focusing on exercise, dance and wellness this spring, including: Hooked on Zumba, take your Zumba workout to the next level. Torch calories and trim fat cells to get fit for summer. Wear sneakers and bring a water bottle and a towel, 5 to 6 p.m., eight Tuesdays beginning April 24.

Personal enrichment classes are offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. For more information or to register, see atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

Baseball players sought

Egg Harbor Township is considering entering a team in the Atlantic County Baseball League for the 2012 season. The ACBL is highly competitive baseball league established in the 1960s. Any interested players of college, high school, or any other competitive level who would like to make a serious inquiry are asked to contact Bob “Elmo” Wright at 609-517-4030 or ppd719@comcast.net. There are no residency or age requirements to participate.

Free education for seniors on saving energy

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging and NJPIRG’s Energy Service Corps at Stockton are pleased to offer free information session on reducing energy use and costs through winterization services:

April 25, 10:30 a.m.: Brigantine Senior Center, 31st and Bayshore Drive, Brigantine

Older adults are particularly affected as they struggle to make ends meet on limited/fixed income, often in older and less efficient homes. But simple and effective steps can help seniors maintain comfort and well-being while reducing costs and energy demand. Learn to reduce energy use and save money on utilities while learning about programs available to you to help you remain independent through rebates and services to help pay bills. NJPIRG’s Energy Service Corps can also provide free individual winterization services to homeowners.

Weatherization will consist of Stockton Energy Service Corps members doing an energy audit of the home and then proceeding to make simple weatherizations such as caulking windows, replacing incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient options, and correctly setting thermostats. These simple changes can save as much as 30 percent on utility bills

March of Dimes calls for participants

The March of Dimes South Jersey Shore is calling all firefighters and police officers to team up in the battle against premature births and helping more babies be born healthy, by joining in April 29 for the fifth annual March for Babies on the Ocean City, Boardwalk.

To learn more about how you or your company can be involved in the fight against prematurity and help more babies be born healthy, contact Anna Villari at the March of Dimes at 856-375-8215 or avillari@marchofdimes.com. Stay up-to-date with the March for Babies SJ Shore on Facebook, facebook.com/MarchforBabiesSJShore.

Academy offers dessert workshops

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts the chance to learn how to prepare confectionery creations with Chef Mary Lou D’Angleo through dessert workshops this spring, including: Individual Pastries, April 18, impress your family and friends with beautiful pastries, including: eclairs, cream puffs, Boston brownies, banana macaroons and chocolate mousse cups. The class takes place 6-9 p.m. and costs $65.

The ACA is at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. To register, call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Pulmonary support group forming

An evening support group is being formed in the Atlantic County area for residents with lung and related pulmonary disease in need of camaraderie and friendship.

Oxygen-dependent participants are encouraged to help begin this group. Sessions will feature speakers and forums for discussion. If interested, please contact 609-230-2859 or LungTalkGroupNJ@gmail.com. The meeting date, location and time will be announced upon participant interest.

Culinary school offers ‘Evening Dinner Series’

The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College offers amateur chefs and food enthusiasts a chance to learn how to prepare three- and four-course dinners from around the world with “The Evening Dinner Series.” Take a culinary excursion through history with ‘An Evening in the Greek Isles’ on May 8. The menu will include Grilled Octopus Salad, Classic Dolmades Avgolemono Soup, Greek Salad, Pastistio and for dessert, Rolled Baklava.

The ACA is located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. All classes take place 6-9 p.m. and cost $65 each. To register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Parent-child swim classes at Katz JCC

Families are invited to come for the LKSA Parent Tot class — and stay to play and mix and mingle.

On Fridays, swim from 11:30 to noon and play from noon to 1:30 p.m. Working as a group and individually, the class uses songs and simple drills to acclimate the child to the aquatic environment. This program begins the journey to water safety with the introduction of back-float survival skills. After the pool is playtime for children and socializing time for adults. Light snacks and beverages will be served

The Katz Jewish Community Center is located at 501 N. Jerome Ave, Margate.

Grants for arthritis pool classes at Bacharach

Seniors 60 and older who live in Atlantic County, have a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis, and are eligible for Medicaid, the PAAD program or Senior Gold, may apply for an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program grant offered by the County Division of Intergenerational Services.

The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program is a gentle exercise program for seniors. Classes encourage flexibility, increase range of motion and promote circulation. The class meets Tuesdays or Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 in the heated therapy pool at Bacharach in Pomona. The grant covers the cost of 10 classes (10 weeks) for eligible participants. After completing the grant, participants are welcome to self-pay for the program at $100 for 10 classes. Participants must provide their own transportation. For more information, or to register for the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, call 609-748-5250.

ARCH offers Winter/Spring Horse Show Series

The ARCH Winter/Spring Horse Show Series, with hunter, jumper and therapeutic classes, to benefit the Atlantic Riding Center for Health, 206 Asbury Road, Egg Harbor Township, will conclude rain or shine May 27, show at 8:30 a.m. and schooling at 7 a.m.

The series is to showcase therapeutic and traditional riders. Series awards to high point riders for each division and champion/reserve for each division in every show. Cost is $10/therapeutic, $15/traditional per class day of show. For more information, call Jill Baxter at 609-926-2233. ARCH is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with disabilities.

Youth art classes at Noyes

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College offers art classes for children on Saturdays and weekdays on a monthly basis.

Weekday Art Classes: Classes for young people teach art concepts and art history. Discussions of artwork in the galleries precede the hands-on art project. Fee: $8 each or four classes for $28. Register a week in advance. Children 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Individualized classes can be organized by prior arrangement.

Ages 3-5: Thursday Preschool Classes 10 to 11:15 a.m. May 10.

Ages 5-8: Thursday Make and Take Classes 10:30 a.m. to noon April 12, May 17.

Ages 8-12: Friday Art Classes 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 13, May 11.

Ages 13-18: Wednesday Teen Art Classes 10:30 a.m. to noon April 18.

For more information go to noyesmuseum.org or call 609-652-8848. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Thursdays until 8 p.m., noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and is closed on major holidays. Admission is $5 adults, $4 for students and seniors.

MS group seeks members

The Jersey Shore MS support group is trying to reform, and is looking for people involved with MS who would like a forum. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month (not in summer) at the Galloway branch of the Atlantic County Library System on Jimmie Leeds Road.

Call Jackie at 609-266-8561, Phyllis at 609-266-1497 or email frejac1@aol.com.

Therapeutic riding program accepting riders

A therapeutic horseback riding program in Egg Harbor Township is accepting riders.

HEARTS TRC, LLC, is a NARHA/PATH member center providing therapeutic assisted equine activities. Sue Adams has created a new curriculum, “From the Ground Up,” exclusive to HEARTS TRC, which brings new and skills to all of its riders. Adams and the HEARTS TRC partners have more than 50 years of combined experience working with children and adults who are challenged physically, mentally, psychologically and socially. They also are experienced teaching riders without disabilities. Sessions cover care of the horse, equine anatomy, psychology of the horse, and training techniques. Techniques to be introduced also include equine massage and healing through touch, to relieve stress, pain, and create relaxation within the horse.

For more information or registration forms, call 609-703-9130 or email HeartsTRC@aol.com.

Educational concerts set

Teachers and music educators can reserve free tickets for the 2012 education concerts sponsored by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

One of the 2012 Gus Cilento MD Education Concerts will take place at 10:30 a.m. May 15 at the Richard Stockton College Performing Arts Center, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. Tickets are free. To reserve tickets, call 609-652-4786. A limited number of free bus vouchers are available on a first come, first served basis. Concerts sell out early, so reservations should be made now.

Atlantic Cape offers classes for casino jobs

The Casino Career Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers training for those who wish to enter the expanding casino profession.

Classes currently offered are Craps, Baccarat, Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Roulette, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker and Carnival Games. CCI also offers Introduction to Casino Games-Blackjack, which prepares students for entry into any primary or secondary game. CCI also offers training in non-dealing casino professions, including: Electronic Equipment Technician, Certified Gaming Supervisor and Surveillance Training. Tuition assistance and scholarships are available for eligible students.

Gaming classes begin every two weeks. Classes are offered morning, afternoon and evening. For more information or to register, call 609-343-4848 or see atlantic.edu/cci.

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).

College offers online courses

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division offers many online training courses, available through Atlantic Cape, in partnership with Education to Go. See ed2go.com/accc. Most classes are $99. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas. For more information call 609-343-4829, or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Scholarship available

The Vincent S. Haneman-Joseph B. Perskie Scholarship is awarded annually to Atlantic County law students who are admitted to an American Bar Association-accredited law school. The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character. An application is available for download by clicking on the scholarship item at atcobar.org or calling Mary Williams Berard at 609-345-3444.

Food bank also needs baby items

The Emergency Assistance Pantry at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey-Southern Branch, is in need of baby formula and disposable diapers for its clients. The pantry serves 2,600 families each month and is located at the West Entrance of the Shore Mall at the former site of Value City. For information, call 609-383-8843, ext 120.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, serves Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southern Burlington counties. The FoodBank has seen a 60 percent increase in need since 2008.

College offers continuing education classes

Learn new skills to get ahead in your current job, or pursue a whole new career through Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education classes.

Upcoming technology classes include Geospatial Technician Certification, Microsoft Office 2007 Specialist with QuickBooks, Bookkeeping with Computer Applications and Network+ Certification.

Students can explore or advance their careers in the health-care field with Certified Nurse Aide, Advanced Surgical Technology and Medical Assistant classes.

The Casino Career Institute offers classes including Networking Level I, Certified Gaming Supervisor, Surveillance Training, table games training and more.

Students can prepare for a career in the growing ‘green’ industry through courses at Atlantic Cape’s Green Education Institute, including: PV Installation and Design Certificate with Internship, Electricity Basics for Photovoltaic, Green Building Fundamentals and Introduction to PV Design and Installation and Exam Prep.

For dates, times, fees and to register, call 609-343-5650 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Mental Health Association reaching out to veterans

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, or MHAAC, is reaching out to OIF/OEF military veterans through a self-help group called MHAAC Veterans Network. It’s all about veterans helping other veterans through a member-run group process. In addition to MHAAC traditional services, this veterans group will offer education, advocacy and support.

While this group was formed to exclusively address the special needs of Atlantic County’s Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom military veterans and their families, other veterans groups also are planned. MHAAC, in conjunction with Richard Stockton College undergraduate and graduate social work programs are planning to hold meetings for Vietnam era, post 9-11, and Korean War veterans as well as topics addressing issues such as HIV and hepatitis C among veterans.

This first group for newly repatriated OIF/OEF veterans will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the MHAAC office, 1127 N. New Road, Pleasantville. For more information, call Jaime Angelini, MHAAC Veterans Network, at 609-272-1700, ext 308, or email jangelini@mhanj.org.

Multi-Care Center offers support group, seeks volunteers

Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center, in affiliation with the Alzheimer’s Association of the Delaware Valley, will host a monthly Caregiver Support Group at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. Meetings will take place at Our Lady’s Multi-Care Center, 1100 Clematis Ave., Pleasantville. Volunteers also are sought by the nursing home and rehab facility.

For more information about the support group or volunteering, call Gallagher 609-677-6369.