Outstanding Teen candidates sought

The Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen Pageant, an affiliate of the Miss New Jersey Pageant, is looking for contestants.

Any girl ages 13-17 (cannot be a 17-year-old senior) who is interested in competing in the 2012-13 pageant should contact Joan Cooper, executive director, at 856-825-6937 or disneyqueen54@hotmail.com. The deadline is Nov. 30.

The pageant will take place Jan. 26 at Millville Senior High School. The winner goes on to compete in Orlando, Fla., in August for the title of America’s Outstanding Teen.

New dates for flu shots

The Cape May County Department of Health has scheduled new dates for residents to get a free flu vaccine in November and December.

Flu shots will be given from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at the Department of Health, 6 Moore Road, Cape May Court House; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Cape May County Library, Main Branch, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. While supplies last, the FluMist nasal spray vaccine will be offered in addition to the injectable vaccine at these clinics. The high-dose vaccine for seniors and the pneumonia vaccine will be offered at the Nov.14 and Dec. 12 clinics held at the Department of Health. Seniors who want the high-dose vaccine need to bring their Medicare and supplemental insurance cards to the clinic.

To keep up to date on all of the county’s flu clinics, see cmchealth.net or call the flu hotline at 609-463-6581.

Christmas house tour set

The 24th annual Historic Dennisville Christmas House Tour will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 throughout historic Dennisville.

The tour features historic buildings, homes and churches. It is a fundraiser for the Dennisville Historic Home Owners Association Inc. Tickets are $10 and sold at the Dennisville Post Office, 24 Hall Ave., the night of the tour only beginning at 4:30 p.m. Greeters will distribute programs and get tourgoers started. A soup-and-sandwich supper starts at 4 p.m. at the South Dennis Trinity United Methodist Church, $8 for adults and $5 children younger than 12. Refreshments and comfort stations are at the Dennisville United Methodist Church Social Hall. See dhhoa.dennistwp.org or call Jack Connolly at 609-861-1338 or email Dennisvillechristmashousetour@verizon.net.

4-H volunteers sought

The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program invites adults interested in working with youth to attend an orientation session for new volunteers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

This is an opportunity for 4-H alumni, young graduates looking for work experience, parents looking for quality activities for their children and those who are retired to learn how they can connect and share with the youth of our county. 4-H volunteer opportunities are varied to suit your interests and the time commitment is flexible. Call 609-465-5115, est. 605, or email mlfrandino@co.cape-may.nj.us to get more information about the orientation and to register.

Gift wrapping offered

If you wish to save time and energy this upcoming holiday season, volunteers of Cold Spring Presbyterian Church will wrap your gifts for you. Bring them to Price Hall at Academy and Seashore Roads, Cold Spring, from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Donations are greatly appreciated. Call 609-884-4065 or 609-889-1624.

Talk Turkey Day set

Cape Regional Medical Center invites the public to receive free information about advance care planning and advance directives for “Talk Turkey Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28.

Representatives from the Medical Center and the Atlantic-Cape Community Coalition will be in the East Lobby (Visitors’ Entrance). The goal of “Talk Turkey Day” is to engage the community in thoughtful conversations about their health care decisions and the importance of advance directives to make their wishes known. With advance directives, fewer families and health care providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient.

Cape Regional Medical Center, in cooperation with the Atlantic Cape Community Coalition and along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a concentrated effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making. As a participating organization, Cape Regional Medical Center is providing information and tools for the public to discuss their wishes with family, friends and health care providers and execute written advance directives (health care power of attorney and living will) in accordance with state law.

For more information, call 609-463-2904.

Free trees available

Atlantic City Electric has extended the sign-up period for customers who would like to receive free trees through Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting. Customers reserved about 1,200 trees in the past few weeks, so about 1,800 trees remain to be given away.

Atlantic City Electric customers can reserve their free trees at arborday.org/Atlantictrees through Nov. 21. An online tool helps customers estimate their annual energy savings from planting trees in the best location near their homes or businesses. Customers can reserve as many as two trees and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. Trees offered include Washington hawthorn, white dogwood, bald cypress, American beech, hackberry, river birch and sugar maple. The 2- to 4-foot-tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.

T-shirt sales help food bank

Sue Lotozo, of Cape May, created two T-shirts inspired by Hurricane Sandy, one to honor local NBC weatherman Dan Skelton for his spot-on forecasting without “drama” and the other to acknowledge the New Jersey spirit in the face of Sandy, “Sandy not So Dandy, but we are Jersey strong.” The shirts are for sale at the Flying Fish Studio in West Cape May and at theflyingfishstudio.com. Shirts are $15 each and $5 from each sale goes to support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Call Lotozo at 800-639-2085 or email sue@theflyingfishstudio.com.

Disaster recovery center open

The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to assist residents and business owners in Cape May County who incurred damage during Hurricane Sandy.

The Disaster Recovery Center is in the lower level of the Cape May County Main Library located at 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House until further notice. The center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Those affected by Hurricane Sandy can register for FEMA assistance, Housing Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, Unemployment Assistance and receive Small Business Association loan information at the Disaster Recovery Center.

Rutgers representative to visit ACCC

A Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College representative will visit Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, in the first floor lobby, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

The community is invited to learn about the B.A. and B.S. degree programs Rutgers offers at the Rutgers Lifelong Learning Center, located at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, including bachelor’s degrees in business administration, criminal justice, hospitality management, labor and employment relations, liberal studies, nursing (RN to BSN), political science, psychology and public health. Information will be available about graduate programs in education, business administration, master of social work, master of arts in liberal studies and certificate in diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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

These events are free and open to the public. No appointment is needed. Attendees should bring an unofficial transcript. See offcampus.rutgers.edu/atlantic-cape or contact Elizabeth Moore at 609-837-2910 or emoore@atlantic.edu.

Nature center offers holiday workshops

New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May offers several holiday events and workshops.

The Holiday Artists Marketplace through the end of December at the Nature Center’s Harbor Gallery. All artwork is original, priced less than $50 and done by local artists.

Upcycle Craft Workshops for Home and Garden will take place at the Center Tuesday evenings beginning 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 4. Center Director and obsessed re-purposer, Gretchen Whitman will show ways to give new life and purpose to waste material and useless products by transforming them into top-quality home goods and garden art. Project lists and supplies will be provided at the first class. Cost per workshop is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers.

Holiday wreath and garland workshops and a “Girls Night Out” have been scheduled through November and December. Use fresh evergreens of Douglas fir, spruce, pine, cedar and other natural materials to create handcrafted wreaths and garlands for family and friends. Registration is a must since space and materials are limited. Cost per workshop is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

The holiday wreath workshop schedule is 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 29; 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 30; 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 1 p.m. Dec. 2. Girls Night Out will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

A holiday campfire will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. Cost per person is $5.

Bird Seed Sale Days will be Dec. 1 and 2.

Call 609-898-8848. The center is located at 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May.

Toys for Tots registration site set

The Woodbine Municipal Complex, 501 Washington Ave., has been chosen as a registration site for the Marine Corps Reserve Cape May County Toys for Tots. Applications forms are available at the Borough Clerk’s Office.

The person completing the application must be either the custodial parent or legal guardian of the children. Adults completing applications must present a photo ID for themselves as well as birth certificates for all children appearing on the application. If the birth certificate is not available, the adult registering must present some form of ID for all children appearing on the application.

Applicants must be Cape May County residents. The cut-off date for applications is Dec. 5.

Messiah Sing In scheduled

The second annual Messiah Sing In will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., Ocean City.

Singers and instrumentalists from the community will assemble to sing and play movements from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Bring your own parts/music or they will be provided. There is no rehearsal, just come and have fun. All are welcome to attend, sing or play. All professional singers and instrumentalists are donating their services.

This event is being co-produced by the Atlantic Youth Orchestra and the Ocean City Tabernacle. See ayorch.org and octabernacle.org. For more information, instrumentalists can call 609-646-4762 and singers can call 609-399-1915.

Recovery programs announced

A Hurricane Food and Clothing Drive is now under way in Sea Isle City that will collect nonperishable food items and articles of clothing for local hurricane victims. Anyone wishing to contribute food or clothes can drop off donations at Sea Isle City’s VFW Post 1963, located on JFK Boulevard at the foot of the Sea Isle Bridge.

Those wishing to make monetary donations for Sea Isle City residents affected by Hurricane Sandy can send checks or money orders (payable to “Hurricane Sandy Sea Isle City Relief Fund”) to any 1st Bank of Sea Isle City location or mail donations directly to 4301 Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, NJ 08243.

In addition to collecting donations for the food and clothing drive, members of VFW Post 1963 will assist hurricane victims in other ways, including helping residents find reputable contractors. The VFW’s national office has announced that monetary assistance will be available for VFW veterans who suffered losses during Hurricane Sandy. Eligible VFW members are instructed to contact their local VFWs to learn more about this program.

The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will offer 10 families who suffered losses during the hurricane the opportunity to spend the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Sea Isle City for free. The chamber is working with local property owners who are willing to donate their homes during Sea Isle’s inaugural Holiday Extravaganza, which will take place between Nov. 21 and 25. The 10 families chosen also will receive a full Thanksgiving dinner and other gifts.

Local property owners who would like to donate their homes during Thanksgiving weekend can contact any realtor in Sea Isle City or phone the Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization at 609-263-9090. To learn more about Sea Isle City’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, call Mayor Len Desiderio’s office at 609-263-4461 ext. 245, VFW Post 1963 at 609-263-1711 or the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization at 609-263-9090.

Trail of Two Cities rescheduled

The Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk has been rescheduled for Nov. 17, due to the recent storm.

Registered runners can pick up their race packets Nov. 15 and 16 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 18th and Simpson, Ocean City. Race morning registration starts 7 a.m. at the Transportation Center in Ocean City at Ninth Street and Haven Avenue, where the run/walk starts. Buses will be available at the finish line at JFK Park in Somers Point to take runners to the start before the race. Buses will transport runners back to Ocean City at the conclusion of the race. The 5K Run awards ceremony will take place at JFK Park after all 5K runners have finished. All walk participants will be able to see their time as they complete the course.

Food drive under way

The New Jersey Society of CPAs Young CPAs is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which works to provide support to more than 1,600 agency programs in the fight against hunger and poverty.

The Young CPAs goal is to collect 100 bags of nonperishable items and canned goods, surpassing last year’s collection of 85 bags. See njscpa.org/career/article/2012/09/17/fooddrive. The drive, which began Sept. 17, will conclude Nov. 16. Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at the following locations until then: Marmora: Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni and Kelly, PC, 293 South Shore Road; Ocean City: Ford-Scott and Associates, 1535 Haven Ave.

Churches offer storm aid

Brendon Wilson, the new lead pastor of New Covenant Community Church in Somers Point, has received phone calls from several U.S. churches offering assistance after Sandy.

Gateway Church in South Lake, Texas has offered to foot the bill for Chance Craven of DRADT (http://disasterrelief.cc) to come to the area, assess and call for trained volunteers to come help rebuild the lives of those affected by the storm. Along with DRADT is Andrew Bashor of Hopeforce International and Chris Zitzmann of Crisis Response International and their teams. They can help residents clear out flooded homes, gut sheetrock, remove small and medium trees with chainsaws, and provide chaplaincy services to those in need.

New Covenant created a webpage, hurricanesandyresponse.com, where donors from all over the country can support these efforts, and Wilson is using this page to challenge his network of pastors and church leaders with the “1 Percent Challenge,” where they donate 1 percent of their Sunday tithe or collect a special offering to donate.

Homeowners in need of debris removal, drywall removal, gutting of a home or furniture removal can call New Covenant Community Church at 609-601-1299 and apply for services. The relief organizations are taking them case by case until a full team of volunteers arrives.

Sandy Relief Fund established for students

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation has established the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students to collect emergency funds for Atlantic Cape Community College students affected by Hurricane Sandy.

More than 1,900 Atlantic Cape students live on the barrier island communities assaulted by the storm on Oct. 29. Student evacuees are now returning to wrecked homes and vehicles, and destroyed computer equipment, school supplies and textbooks.

The Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students will provide assistance for students who need to replace books, computer equipment, clothing and food, and to cover commuting costs and other necessities. To make a donation to the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, see atlantic.edu/relief or send a check payable to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation to: Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-1972

For more information, contact Patricia Gentile, executive director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation, at 609-463-4507 or pgentile@atlantic.edu.

Events set in Wildwood

Wildwood continues to hold special events throughout the fall.

The Wildwoods also will play host to Christmas cheer and celebrations. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will have a tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 followed by the Wildwood Jaycees Christmas parade at 7 p.m. The parade will begin at 15th and Central Avenues in North Wildwood, continuing south on Pacific Avenue thorough Wildwood and Wildwood Crest ending at the Wildwood Convention Center with an awards ceremony.

The Wildwoods Family Holiday Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 in Convention Center, where families can enjoy the holiday season with holiday-themed crafts, classic holiday movies and entertainment in the main lobby. Admission is free,

The South Jersey Wrestling Association presents a youth wrestling tournament from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Dec. 15 will feature a high school open varsity wrestling tournament and Dec. 16 will feature the Wreckers Duals Tournament for recreational wrestling and wrestling clubs (K-8). Tickets are available at the door.

To end the 2012 season, the Wildwoods Convention Center hosts the 14th annual Boardwalk Basketball Classic, Dec. 26 to 31. This is the largest co-ed basketball tournament in the nation that brings in teams from all over the country, as well as well known coaches and high-school players. This year, Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley and his nationally ranked St. Anthony’s team will participate in the Boardwalk Basketball Classic. Tickets are available at the door.

GED testing set

There will be a GED test for December at the Cape May County Technical School District.

For December it will be 3:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. A mandatory registration and orientation (which takes about a hour) is scheduled for 3:30 p.m .Dec. 4 in the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House. Bring to the registration/orientation a money order or cash for $50 (no personal checks) and two forms of ID, one a government-issued photo ID along with an original birth certificate or Social Security card. Sixteen- and 17-year olds must present their certificate of consent to participate form at the time of registration. Contact the GED office for a form.

There will be a GED retest Dec. 18. Call to register. For more information, call the Technical Schools Continuing Education office at 609-465-2161, ext. 648 or 646.

College hosts food drive

Atlantic Cape Community College student clubs and college staff are organizing food drives throughout the month at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. Members of the community are invited to support the student food drives.

The Cape May County Campus is collecting nonperishable canned food items for a local food pantry through Nov. 16. Collection boxes are located at the main entrance and in the third floor Faculty Support Office.

Donations needed for angel tree

The Rio Grande branch of the Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union is collecting gifts for the Starfish Angel Tree to benefit the Hamer’s School of Karate Christmas Party for disadvantaged children to take place Dec. 8.

Every year, 100 children between the ages of 4 and 10 from the community are invited to attend. Stop by the credit union at 3317 Route 9 S in Rio Grande and select a starfish tag from the tree in the lobby. Wrapped gifts should be returned to the credit union’s lobby and placed under the tree with the tag attached by Nov. 30. For more information about the gift drive, call the credit union at 609-646-3339, ext. 210.

‘Messiah’ singalong set

The 25th annual Community Messiah Singalong will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Cape Island Baptist Church, Columbia and Guerney streets, Cape May.

The choir and soloists will accompanied by an orchestra and will be directed by Nancy Robinson. The public is invited to attend the performance. Refreshments will be served following the program and there is no cost. One rehearsal is scheduled for Nov. 16. The orchestra will meet at 7 p.m. with the chorus joining at 7:30 p.m.

Contact Ruth Fritsch at 609-886-5862 or seeruth@comcast.net.

Turkey drive under way

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is holding its annual Holiday Turkey Drive to provide families with turkeys and trimmings throughout the holiday season. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, JFS will collect monetary donations to purchase turkeys for members of the community in need.

Ways to help include make a donation of $25 or more to purchase a Butterball turkey or kosher turkey (upon request). This gives an individual or family a turkey certificate that can be used to purchase a holiday turkey, plus the holiday trimmings. You can also make a donation of canned goods. Stuffing, canned corn, cranberry sauce and other side dishes are perfect to complete the holiday meal. JFS also encourages donations of peanut butter, tuna fish, soups, pasta and cereals to use throughout the year. Ocean City Home Bank has food dropoff locations in Egg Harbor Township, Linwood, Margate, Northfield and Ventnor through mid-November.

To donate, see jfsatlantic.org or call 609-822-1108. Donations can be mailed directly to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08234. Jewish Family Service accepts non-perishable food donations all year. If you have a question about the JFS Food Pantry or how you can assist, email Leigh Turner at lturner@jfsatlantic.org.

Online courses offered

Upgrade your current skills, gain fresh knowledge and develop new talents in the comfort of 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, Languages, Personal Finance, Personal Enrichment, Computer Applications and more. 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.

Worship service for those with disabilities

The community is invited to a new, inclusive worship service adapted to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Avenue, in Ocean City, will be the first church in New Jersey to host monthly Rejoicing Spirits worship services.

Rejoicing Spirits encourages people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become part of a welcoming faith community, and is adapted to their needs. The Rejoicing Spirits worship service will take place at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month. For more information, contact the church office at 609-399-0798 or office@stjohnlutheranoc.org.

Coat, food drive under way

Be an Angel is collecting much needed nonperishable goods for the South Jersey Food Bank, and coats from infants through adult sizes for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

The drive runs through Nov. 30. The following have partnered with Visiting Angels to be drop off locations: Visiting Angels of Atlantic County, 3153 Fire Road, Suite 1-F, Egg Harbor Township, call 609-641-7200; Visiting Angels of Cape May and Cumberland Counties, 110 Roosevelt Boulevard, Marmora, 609-545-8258; Fox Rehab, 331 Tilton Road, Suite 7, Northfield, 609-241-6339; Heartland Hospice Services, 2111 New Road Suite 100, Northfield, 609-641-4675; Atlantic Christian School, 391 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-653-1199; Atlantic Chiropractic Life Center, 3 N. Buffalo Ave., Ventnor, 609-487-0800; Lolla Chiropractic Center, 161 White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-748-8800.

Visiting Angels provides seniors and adults with the needed assistance to continue living at home safely for as long as possible. For more information, call 609-641-7200 in Atlantic County and 609-545-8258 in Cape May and Cumberland counties.

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.

MAC offers programs for schools

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities offers free museum education programs to help area educators enhance students’ learning in and out of the classroom and meet New Jersey Core Curriculum standards.

A new brochure is available detailing MAC’s school programs, which are presented by Museum Educators, experienced interpreters trained to work with students. Programs are adapted to grade level and include field trips, classroom visits and assembly programs. All classroom and assembly programs are free during the 2012-13 school year. Walking tours in Cape May are also free and other field trip prices have been reduced.

New programs include Tales of Olde Cape May, which lets teachers select from more than 20 local stories presented by costumed storytellers. Teachers can select as many of these 5- to-10-minute stories as they like. Visit from Our Vets brings World War II veterans into the classroom to share experiences and insights. Another World War II offering is a visit to the World War II Lookout Tower in Lower Township near Cape May Point. Another new program features Lt. Col. Henry Washington Sawyer, Cape May’s Civil War hero. Five more programs are designed to meet the revised New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards: The Impact of Industrialization on the Victorian Era, the Impact of Immigration on the Victorian Era, the Impact of Innovations on the Victorian Era, the Victorian Civil War and Technology, and Music of the Civil War Era. The last two can help schools observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. All include local references. Holiday programs include Victorian Christmas about the Victorian origins of the Christmas celebration, plus another on Victorian Views of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” For Halloween, there are programs on the History of Halloween, Victorian Spiritualism, Supernatural Victorian Music and Ghosts of Cape May. Brochures detail these and other MAC educational offerings.

Educators can email Robert Heinly, MAC’s education coordinator, at rheinly@capemaymac.org or call 609-884-5404, ext. 134, for more information and to reserve a time for programs.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers needed

Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton invites the residents of Cape May County to join the 144 members of the Cape May County Medical Reserve Corps.

Medical Reserve Corps units are made up of locally based volunteers who assist their communities during emergencies, such as an influenza epidemic, a chemical spill or an act of terrorism. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals, dentists, veterinarians and epidemiologists. Community members such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers and legal advisers can fill vital support positions.

To become part of this community project, call MRC coordinator Joan Rowland at 609-463-1225 or see cmchealth.net and click “Join the MRC.”

College to offer non-credit training

Starting in January 2013, Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts will offer its five-month non-credit Culinary Arts Training Program at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House.

The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills or enhance existing ones. The training program begins Jan. 7. Restaurateurs can sponsor a promising employee with a scholarship for ACA’s Culinary Arts Training Program.

For more information about scholarships and training, call Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or email desalvo@atlantic.edu.

Arts league hosts monthly shows

The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents monthly show and sales throughout the year. The “Meet the Artist” reception takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., Ocean City.

The show schedule is as follows: November, Anything Goes; December, Petite, reception Dec. 14; January, Judges Show, reception Jan. 11. For more information, call 609-814-0308.

College offers career training courses

Learn about the world of computers with Atlantic Cape Community College’s career training courses this fall.

Atlantic Cape will offer a variety of computers and technology workshops, from basics to advanced. Some classes include: Introduction to Macs, Keyboarding, Social Media for Business, Microsoft Office 2010 Series, Google Docs Series, How to Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Suite and Adobe Photoshop CS5 Suite.

Computers and Technology courses will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

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

Dennis Twp. offers services for special-needs students

Dennis Township parents who suspect their child may have a disability can get free help from their school district’s Child Study Team. The Dennis Township school district is organizing a Child Find campaign to assist in the identification of unserved/underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through age 21.

Information also can be obtained about early intervention services and special education programs throughout New Jersey. Screening, professional guidance and an educational program, if needed, are all available free through the Child Study Team. Call 609-861-2821, ext. 234, for more information.

Sponsors sought for First Night

The First Night Committee in Ocean City is seeking sponsors and advertisements for 2013 First Night and the event program book. Not only will your message reach the local community, but thousands of visitors to the area. First Night is a non-alcoholic celebration held Dec. 31 that has grown over the years and attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy the entertainment venues available throughout the afternoon and evening.

To be a sponsor or place an ad, contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 16 E. Ninth Street, Ocean City. For more information, call 609-525-9300.

Low cost shingles vaccine available

The county is still offering the shingles vaccine at low cost for residents who don’t have health insurance or who have health insurance that doesn’t pay for the vaccine. There is no charge for the shingles vaccine itself. Uninsured and underinsured residents only pay a $15 administration fee.

A single dose of zoster (shingles) vaccine is recommended for adults 60 years of age and older, whether or not the patient reported a prior episode of shingles. Shingles is a localized, generally painful rash that occurs most frequently among older adults and immunocompromised people. It is caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus.

For those who have health insurance but are unable to obtain the shingles vaccine at their doctor’s office, the Department of Health can administer the vaccine to them for $175. Residents must pay for the vaccine out of pocket and submit the cost for reimbursement to their insurance carrier (i.e. Medicare Part D). Residents are encouraged to contact their insurer in advance to determine whether the vaccine is covered.

The shingles vaccination program is by appointment only and the patient needs a prescription from their physician to receive the vaccine. To schedule an appointment for the shingles vaccine, call 609-465-1200.

County high school has student openings

Cape May County High School, which serves students with disabilities from Cape May and surrounding counties, announces openings in its Community Based Instruction Program.

This program is designed for 18- to 21-year-old students who have not yet graduated from high school, but have completed the academic requirements for graduation and have some level of independence. Students are placed in one of three community partner worksites, and are mentored by a worksite employee with the support of a special education teacher and aide. The goal is to give students authentic experiences to prepare them for employment after graduation from high school. For more information, contact Mrs. Haas, principal, at 609-465-2720, ext 8800.

School registering students

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is registering students in grades seven through 11 for the 2012-13 school year. This year, Kulanu classes will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Congregation Beth Judah, 700 Swarthmore Ave., Ventnor.

Students do not need to be affiliated with a synagogue to attend. The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies offers a wide range of programs. Classes cover topics from Jewish ethics to culture, history, spirituality and the arts. Programs also foster a lifelong connection to the land of Israel. Electives offered range from Israeli dance to choir, yoga, art, Jewish cooking and Jews in American Film. There also is an optional Panim el Panim program, which brings Jewish teens to Washington, D.C., to explore service, advocacy and philanthropy. In addition, students entering their senior year of high school may attend the Morim Teacher Prep program through Kulanu.

The Kulanu School of Jewish Studies is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. For more information call 609-822-1854 or email BJEatlantic@yahoo.com. To register, see bjeatlantic.org/content/youth-education.

Angelus chorus seeks members

The Angelus Chorus is looking for new members. It is a choral group that sings throughout Cape May County during April, May, and December. The chorus rehearses at the Middle Township High School during the school year and perform concerts in the spring and winter seasons.

For more information, call Carolyn at 609-898-0324.

Stone Harbor police to run for charity

Members of the Stone Harbor Police Department will lace up their sneakers this fall to raise money for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to eradicate childhood cancer. They are currently training for the Philadelphia marathon and half-marathon Nov. 18 (see philadelphiamarathon.com). All donations made to support police will be dedicated to the efforts of the foundation.

To donate, go to alexslemonade.org/mypage/81424 and click the “donate now” button; mail or drop off a check payable to the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation to the Stone Harbor Police Department, 9508 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247; or text LEMONADE E81424 to 85944 to make a $10 donation.

New volunteer group formed

The Stone Harbor Borough Council has approved the creation of a new volunteer group, Go Green Community. This group will work to create environmental initiatives to keep Stone Harbor a beautiful place to live and visit.

Members include Alan Kaplan, Patti DiMarco-Sheston, Larry Kratzer, Stone Harbor Public Works Director Gregory Sheeran, Stone Harbor Utilities Inspector Chuck McIlvaine, Island Supervisor Joe Hughes. Stone Harbor Public Information Officer Scott Wahl will serve as adviser, while Council Member Karen Lane will serve as liaison to the Stone Harbor Borough Council. One of the main initiatives will water conservation.

See stone-harbor.nj.us or call 609-368-7311.

Volunteers sought for tax program

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking people to be part of the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. More than 950 Cape May County residents with incomes less than $50,000 received free help filing their 2011 tax returns by volunteers through VITA. To continue this service, more volunteers are being recruited for training.

If you can use a computer and are available at least one day per week February through April 2013, you are encouraged to join. Training will be provided on federal tax law by Jackie Piper of the IRS and retired CPA and VITA volunteer Ed McCaughey, and New Jersey tax law will be taught by a state Tax Office employee in January. All materials will be furnished by the IRS, but you are welcome to use your own laptop.

Call RSVP Director Lee Shupert at 609-886-3400.

Stone Harbor residents can sign up for emergency calls

The Stone Harbor Department of Emergency Management encourages all residents and property owners to sign up for Global Connect 911 emergency telephone calls issued by the borough in advance of major storms or during other emergencies. The calls are available for free to all property owners in the borough.

All property owners who have their landline with Verizon automatically have their phone numbers entered into Stone Harbor’s Global Connect 911 system. Residents who have landline telephone service from Comcast, Vonage or other providers must sign up for the system. Additionally, property owners are encouraged to sign up their cell phone numbers into the Global Connect system as well.

The Borough has made it easier for properties to sign up for the Global Connect emergency telephone calls. Visit stone-harbor.nj.us and look for the logo on the front page of the website. Click on the logo and fill out the information and you are automatically entered into the system. It takes less than one minute to sign up.

If you have any questions about Stone Harbor’s Global Connect emergency telephone system, please call Borough Hall at 609-368-5102.

College offers training programs

Atlantic Cape Community College delivers corporate training programs and targeted consulting to businesses or organizations to help employees meet the demands of an increasingly challenging and competitive market.

All professional development courses and computer workshops can be customized to a business or organization’s specifications. Some customized training courses include: computer skills, communication, supervisory/management development and human resource applications. For information regarding on-site services or to request a free consultation, call Jean McAlister at 609-343-5688 or email mcaliste@atlantic.edu.

In addition, Atlantic Cape’s Basic-Skills Workforce Training Program offers free basic skills training to employees of Atlantic and Cape May County businesses through a literacy grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Employees can receive basic skills training in English as a second language, written and verbal communication, computer applications, mathematics and measurement and customer service. Customized classes for groups of 10 or more can be arranged. The classes are free to all private-sector and nonprofit employers in the state; however, employees taking the classes must be paid at their regular hourly rate while in training. Business owners are eligible only if they pay taxes into the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Atlantic Cape will offer several basic skills training sessions at the Institute for Service Excellence at the Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing and at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. A full schedule of classes is available at atlantic.edu/njbia. For more information, or to register employees for training, call Trudy Mills at 609-343-4814 or see atlantic.edu/njbia.

Head Start seeks 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 up to age 3 and pregnant women are eligible for the Head Start program, which has centers throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. For more information, call 609-861-2804.

Scholarship available

In collaboration with the Nature Center of Cape May Sanctuary Director Gretchen Whitman, longtime members and volunteers Barbara and Warren Nuessle have established the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund as a work-study program, where recipients are provided with a $3,000 award each year through four years of college.

Administered by the Nature Center of Cape May, the fund seeks to promote a deeper understanding and awareness of natural sciences while encouraging responsible stewardship of natural resources. A selected student is obligated to serve as an intern during the summer or school year for a total of 240 hours. Nature Center staff serve as intern supervisors and work with the student and their school to obtain college credit under the school’s cooperative education programs. Eligibility is limited to graduating seniors from designated high schools in Cape May County. A committee of members representing local high schools, Atlantic Cape Community College, the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, the Nature Center of Cape May and the community of Cape May, ensures that selected students have demonstrated academic excellence while giving special consideration to those with financial need.

Interested students should request a scholarship application through their school guidance department, or by contacting Gretchen Whitman at 609-898-8848 or gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

Book clubs offered

The Cape May County Library offers a variety of book clubs through the week. Book clubs take place at the following libraries:

Great Books Book Club for adults, 10 a.m. to noon every other Thursday, Main Library, 30 Mechanic St. Cape May Court House, call 609-463-6350; 1st Thursday Book Club for adults, 7 to 8:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month, Main Library; Current Fiction Book Club for adults, 2 to 4 p.m second Monday of each month, Wildwood Crest Library; Great Classic Fiction Book Club for adults, 4 to 5:45 p.m. third Thursday of each month, Main Library; Teen Book Club for ages 13 through 18, 3 p.m. first Tuesday, Sea Isle Library; Tween BiblioMANIACS Club for fifth to seventh graders, 6 to 7 p.m. third Thursday, Main Library; Book Friends Book Club for third and fourth graders, 6 to 7 p.m. second to last Tuesday of each month, Main Library; Reading Rumpus Book Club for first and second graders, 6 to 7 p.m last Monday of each month, Main Library.

For more information, call 609-463-6350.

Fresh Air Home seeks aid

The Children’s Fresh Air Home, a faith-based program in North Wildwood, has hosted more than 20,000 children in its 115-year history.

The support of their alumni is vital to the Century Campaign, which addresses major capital improvements the home requires. With this campaign, the Fresh Air Home is committed to expanding and improving the structure, to continue to serve children for another century. Donations to the Century Campaign will go toward effort to raise the $1 million dollars needed to complete renovations. For more information, call 609-522-2716, see FreshAirHome.org or search the group on FaceBook.

Cape May Stage season under way

Cape May Stage’s Artistic Director Roy Steinberg recently announced plans for the Equity theater’s 2012 season, along with money-saving changes to subscription packages. The season features:

‘Poe, Times Two’ by Greg Oliver Bodine, to Nov. 16.

‘A Tuna Christmas’ by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, Nov. 23-Dec. 30.

Cape May Stage continues to offer the “Opening Night Series” package, which includes admission to seven shows with reserved seating for $255, or a three-show option for the seasonal resident for $127.50. For those needing flexibility with dates and times, the Flex Pass Series now includes seven-show and three-show passes specially priced from $81 to $196 for adults and seniors (ages 62 and older) at 20 percent off regular box office prices. The Preview Night Series package again offers reserved seating and admission to six preview night performances for $105 (adults), $90 (seniors), and $45 (students).

To buy a subscription, call 609-884-1341, see capemaystage.org or purchase directly at the box office. All subscriptions expire Dec. 30 and some restrictions may apply.

Young Cape Singers seek new voices

Young Cape Singers, for kids who love to sing, has scheduled auditions for new singers for the 2011-12 season. Young Cape Singers is open to boys in grades four through eight and girls in grades four through 12.

Founded in 1997 and under the direction of Julia Henrich, the Young Cape Singers is made up of talented young musicians from throughout Cape May and Atlantic counties. The group meets weekly in Ocean City, September to June. They perform locally and regionally throughout the school year and cap off the season with an annual summer tour to a more distant city.

Young Cape Singers is designed for youngsters who want to expand their musical horizons into more advanced accomplishment. The group offers both singing choirs and a handbell choir. For more information or to schedule an audition, call Julia Northrup-Henrich at 609-385-6715.

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).

Volunteers wanted for Medical Reserve Corps

The Cape May County Department of Health is looking for volunteers, both health care professionals and those in non-health care fields, to continue the growth of the Cape May County Medical Reserve Corps. MRC volunteers will receive free training in emergency response, disaster preparedness, health education and community recovery.

During non-emergency times, MRC volunteers have opportunities to participate in flu vaccination clinics, health promotion activities and emergency preparedness drills. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this community project can call 609-465-1225 or see cmchealth.net and click “Join the MRC.”

Counseling offered in Wildwood

Through Cape Assist, a local prevention program, counseling services for substance abuse are offered at Cape Assist’s main office, 3819 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood.

The program will take a personalized approach to client care, understanding that clients come needing help in changing addictive behaviors. Cape Assist’s method to care is client-centered in the belief that true change comes from the internal motivation of the individual. Appointments can be made by calling 609-522-5960. While some services are free, there is a small fee for some services with a sliding scale rate for those with low income, and some grant funding is available. For more information, email info@capeassist.org.

JFS aids storm recovery

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has created a Donation and Distribution Center to provide basic necessities to those affected by the recent storm.

The center will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. James School in Ventnor. The center plans to be open through the end of the year. The main entrance is on Portland Avenue between Ventnor and Atlantic Avenues. JFS will distribute nonperishable food, toiletries and other basic necessities to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Red Cross will also be serving hot meals daily. Donations are accepted at this location. Top needs include rice, beans, peanut butter, pasta, spaghetti sauce and diapers (all sizes). Volunteers are needed to assist with the collection, organization and distribution. See jfsatlantic.org/community for the latest volunteer opportunity and to offer your time.

For more information and volunteer opportunities, call 609-822-1109 or email sandyrelief@jfsatlantic.org. Monetary donations can be mailed to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402 or made securely online at jfsatlantic.org.