Garden tour in Cape May

A free, self-guided garden tour, sponsored by We’re Out and About and Proud in Cape May, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 (rain date June 2).

June is Gay Pride Month, the perfect time to launch the pride in all the ways the gay community enhances Cape May, said Ann McCabe, the group’s founder. The tour begins with registration at 10 a.m. at the Back Corner Cafe. Maps of the gardens will be provided, along with discount coupons donated by shops and businesses.

For more information, find We’re Out & About & Proud in Cape May on Facebook or email CMgaygardentours@aol.com.

Memorial Day service set

The Memorial Day Program at Staff Sgt. William Godfrey Memorial Park in Osprey Point, will take place at 9:30 a.m. May 27.

Osprey Point residents’ Al Palombo will serve as host and Thomas Shaiko will speak about his Marine Corps experience. Members of VFW Post 8695 under the command of Charles Addelizi, the American Legion Post 239 Rifle Squad under the command of Hermon Scheibein, and officials will attend. Boy Scout Troop 55 will serve as the color guard, with their bugler presenting taps. The more than 60 veterans of Osprey Point, along with visiting veterans, will be acknowledged and entertained with patriotic songs. All families, friends and neighbors are welcome to honor and memorialize our veterans for their service and sacrifice. In the event of bad weather, the service will take place in the Osprey Point Clubhouse, where light refreshments will be served.

Godfrey Memorial Park at Osprey Point is located at 1731 Route 9, Seaville.

Free groups offered by new mental health agency

Cooperative Care, a new multi-specialty mental health agency in Cape May County, is offering two free groups for May.

From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 25, a personal defense group will take place.The program will be taught by two Cape May County corrections officers. Space is limited and registration is required.

From 6 to 7 p.m. May 28, a support group for the siblings of children on the autism spectrum will take place. The group will include open discussion and processing of feelings, creative approaches and adventure-based Counseling interventions. This group is led by a licensed clinical social worker and a professional counselor.

Cooperative Care is located at 1076 Route 47 South in Rio Grande. Call 609-741-6363 to register for either group.

Music festival set

The 24th annual Cape May Music Festival will run May 26-June 13.

Cape May Convention Hall will host three concerts, May 30 with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers; June 2 with a free Irish music concert featuring Girsa, with McDermott’s Handy, in a gift to the community from MAC and the City of Cape May; and June 9 with a reprisal of last year’s celebration of Cape May’s favorite jazz musician with a George Mesterhazy Tribute Concert. Also returning are the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, the New York Chamber Ensemble, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players and the Atlantic Brass Band. Also offered are Bach’s Lunches at the Carriage House Cafe Tearoom featuring mini-concerts with members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

For information, visit capemaymac.org and follow the links.

Stone Harbor plans Memorial Day weekend events

Stone Harbor welcomes the 2013 summer season with a weekend of activities this upcoming Memorial Day.

Festivities begin May 23 with the borough’s annual unlocking of the ocean at 4 p.m. May 26 will be the borough’s 13th annual Turtle Trot 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk. The race begins at 95th Street and First Avenue and day of registration begins at 6:45 a.m. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the Fun Walk at 8:05 a.m. Cash prizes are awarded to the top male and female overall, the top male and female 40 and over, and awards to the three top males and females in all age categories.

On May 27, Stone Harbor’s Memorial Day parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 331, will proceed down 96th street at noon. Immediately following the parade the American Legion invites the public to the Women’s Civic Club at 96th street and the beach for a ceremony. Beginning at 1 p.m., the American Legion post will hold its annual open house at the American Legion, 117th Street and Second Avenue.

For more information, see stone-harbor.nj.us or call 609-368-5102.

O.C. Business Persons Plunge set for May 24

Ocean City’s 10th annual Business Persons Plunge will kick off Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City.

Plungers dressed in business suits and other costumes will march into the sea this year to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance by the Ocean City High School Band. The action begins at noon May 24 on the sands opposite the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Prior to the plunge, the Cumberland Regional High School Chorus led by Ed Sayre will serenade spectators. They will be followed by city officials and members of the Beach Patrol who will turn a large, wooden key in the sand to officially open the ocean.

Businesses, organizations or individuals interested in participating should call John Walton at 609-338-7667.

Avalon plans Memorial Day Parade

Avalon will present a Memorial Day parade and ceremony at 9 a.m. May 27.

The parade will step off at 32nd Street and Dune Drive and proceed north towards Veterans Plaza at 21st Street and Dune Drive. At the conclusion, a ceremony will be hosted by Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi and American Legion Post 331. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Col. Dr. Kenneth W. Graf.

Those attending the ceremony are also invited to visit Avalon’s 9-11 Memorial Plaza, directly north of Veterans Plaza. See avalonboro.org.

‘Balance, Beauty, Butterflies’ on display in Cape May

The Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May will host a monthlong exhibit by two local artists through June, “Balance, Beauty, Butterflies.”

The show will run June 1-27, with a meet-the-artist reception planned for 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 9 at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St.

Cape May’s natural beauty and Victorian architecture inspire Louis M. Riccio, an industrial designer and watercolorist, and Catherine Bosna, an acrylic painter and assemblage artist. They will display works that reveal their visions and love of Cape May’s rich historic past as well their appreciation for the wealth of beauty surrounding them in Cape May County.

Hoy’s 5 &10 back in business

Hoy’s 5 &10 is back in business following months of renovation to correct damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Three of the company’s four stores, in Ocean City and Avalon, were flooded with 24 to 38 inches of water, and $150,000 of merchandise was lost. Only the Stone Harbor location was spared, the company said.

“We saw this as an opportunity to renovate these locations, and modernize the layouts,” said David Hoy, co-owner of the family-owned and managed variety stores. “All 10 full-time staff members and some of the seasonal help pitched in during the aftermath of the hurricane installing new vinyl floors with a hardwood ‘look and feel.’ They replaced the first 4 feet of wall space that had been damaged by water. Usable merchandise was cleaned and donated to area shelters, including sweatshirts and towels that were washed at home by volunteers. The stores recycled all of the plastic and cardboard.”

The stores are restocked with new merchandise. The Avalon store opened just before Easter. The downtown Ocean City store opened April 13. The second Ocean City store, at 34th and West, will open soon.

Summer outdoor fitness classes begin

Beginning May 25, outdoor Zumba classes will take place every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Wildwood Crest’s Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. Saturday Zumba classes will take place through Sept. 28. A special holiday weekend Zumba class also will take place on Memorial Day, May 27, at 8:30 a.m. Additional Zumba classes will take place at Centennial Park at 8:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from June 17 through Aug. 29.

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department again offers its comprehensive Beach Pier Fitness Classes program on the Beach Pier at Heather Road at 8:30 a.m. daily from June 29 through Aug. 24. Classes include aerobics, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more.

The cost for each summer outdoor fitness class is $5 per person. A punch card good for any 12 classes can be purchased for $50.

Additional FREE sunset yoga classes will also take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings along Sunset Lake at Miami Road at 7:30 p.m. from July 9 through Aug. 15.

All Wildwood Crest summer fitness classes are directed by certified, experienced and energetic instructors. For more information on the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department’s outdoor fitness classes, call 609-523-0202.

Summer kickoff concert May 26 with Fabulous Greaseband

The Fabulous Greaseband will perform at Centennial Park at 7:30 p.m. May 26 in the Borough of Wildwood Crest’s annual Summer Kickoff Concert.

The seven-member Fabulous Greaseband bills itself as a “Best of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s Rock ’n’ Roll Party Band.” The band performs regularly along the East Coast, particularly throughout the Delaware Valley, with well over 200 appearances annually. The Summer Kickoff Concert is a free all-ages show. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair. Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The weekly Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series will begin in late June. Centennial Park will feature live music shows each Wednesday and Saturday from June 26 through Labor Day weekend. The full schedule is available online at the borough’s tourism and special events web site at visitwildwoodcrest.com or Call 609-523-0202.

Indoor yard sale and plant sale set

South Seaville United Methodist Church will host a two-day indoor yard sale and plant sale May 24-May 25 in the Old Grange on Kings Highway in South Seaville.

The event begins at 9 a.m. each day. Call Pat at 609-602-6398.

TED Talk looks for common ground

The next TED Talk, scheduled for 11 a.m. May 25 at the Ocean City Free Public Library will explore the topic of finding common ground in the political realm with Jonathan Haidt.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the TED talks feature experts in a variety of fields who present unique ways of looking at their respective fields of expertise. Everyone is welcome to these free sessions and to join the discussion after the talk.

Bark on the Boards set

Ocean City’s Bark on the Boards, sponsored by the Ocean City Humane Society, will take place at noon May 26 at the Sixth Street Practice Field, next to the Sports and Civic Center.

The event will begin with a dog walk, followed by doggie contests at 1 p.m. Registration 11:30 a.m. Call 609-398-9500 or visit hsocnj.org.

Stars and Stripes Luncheon set

The Cape-Atlantic Christian Women’s Connection invites guests to the Stars and Stripes Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. June 12 at L’s Restaurant, 119 Route 50, Corbin City.

The luncheon is free for military personnel who register ahead of time. Gen. George Vogel, the chief of chaplain service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., will lead the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. Using historic flags from the 17th century through the Civil War, Jim Stevens, deputy director, education and interpretation coordinator of Historic Cold Spring Village, will discuss the history of the U.S. flag. Local vocalist and librarian Leslie Clarke will sing. Finally, former combat specialist and fitness instructor Robin Harnist, of Roanoke, Va., will tell us how she learned to weather life’s storms.

A free nursery is available by reservation. To reserve a place, call Judy at 609-457-7947 or Joyce at 856-765-3775. Only the first 110 reservations will be accepted.

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic holding the Avalon 5 Miler

CONTACT Cape-Atlantic is holding the Avalon 5 Miler on July 13 at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m.

This five-mile run and two-mile walk begin at the Avalon Community Hall, 30th and Avalon Avenue. Early registration is $20, and same-day registration is $25. For more information, call CONTACT Cape-Atlantic at 609-823-1850 or 609-463-4564.

A registration form is available at contactcapeatlantic.org. Sponsorships are also available starting at $100 and your business will be recognized on the T-shirts.

All proceeds help support CONTACT’s telephone reassurance program, which provides daily calls to the elderly and disabled. CONTACT is a United Way partner agency.

Open Mic Night set

Come celebrate the “Music of the Spoken Word” May 29 at Positively 4th Street Cafe in Ocean City’s Open Mic Night.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the mic opens at 7 p.m. Accompany your writing with music, live or pre-recorded. Sing your lyrics, read your work with rhythmic flair. Bring a musical friend to be your backup player. A CD player and record player will be available, as will plug-in speakers for iPod or iPad.

Atlantic Cape offers accelerated classes

Atlantic Cape Community College offers students an opportunity to earn college credits in only 11 days. Classes will meet online and at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Accelerated Session One (May 28-June 13): College Algebra, Statistical Methods, General Psychology and Concepts of Physical Fitness

Accelerated Session Two (June 17-July 3): College Algebra, Statistical Methods and Abnormal Psychology

For a complete list of summer courses and to register online, see atlantic.edu/webadvisor. Regular registration hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The college will be closed May 27 and July 4, and on Fridays, June 7 through Aug. 16. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 3.

Financial aid is available to eligible students. Students can visit atlantic.edu/finaid to apply. To continue studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape offers dual admission programs with Richard Stockton College, Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.

The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Payment is due at the time of registration. To register online or view an updated schedule, see atlantic.edu. For more information, email summer@atlantic.edu or call 609-343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 609-463-3960 in Cape May County.

Support group helps young storm survivors

New Jersey Hope and Healing presents Small Sandy Survivors, a creative workshop that offers support and education to children ages 5-10 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The program helps children better understand and cope with the effects of the storm. Counselors are on hand to meet with parents during the workshop.

There are fun activities, interactive and free. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in NJ.

To find a workshop in your area, call 609 652-3800, ext. 308.

Classes offered for seniors

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Club 50 Plus will offer workshops this summer designed to enhance the personal, professional and social lives of older learners.

Introduction to the Personal Computer for Seniors will guide participants through computer basics. This course will also cover a brief introduction to the Internet, five Fridays, beginning June 8 (no class on July 5).

Learn to Play Blackjack will teach participants the basics of Blackjack, including: hit, stand, double down, split and surrender. Hand signals and what bust, win/lose, push and natural mean will also be reviewed, two Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 11.

Exploring the World via the Internet for Seniors will help participants learn about using email, sending digital pictures and greeting cards, searching for people and maps on the Web, and researching information about health issues, travel, shopping, coupons and more online, two Fridays, beginning July 19.

Manage, Edit and Email Your Photographs will prepare participants to move images from a digital camera to a computer, then edit and resize pictures for use on the Web or email. Students should bring to class a digital camera and a USB cable to connect to the computer, two sections beginning July 11 and Aug. 9.

Join Club 50 Plus for $5 and get a 20 percent discount on future Club 50 Plus workshops, culinary and professional development through June 30, 2013. Mention code: CEGN001-MW01.

Club 50 Plus workshops will be offered at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Building T; the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House; and the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd in Atlantic City.

For workshop prices or to register, contact Sherwood Taylor at 609-343-5689 or staylor@atlantic.edu.

Church of the Advent to hold dinner May 25

The men of Cape May’s Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets, Cape May, have a tradition of hosting dinners on the fourth Saturday of each month to support church projects and outreach.

The meals are priced at $12 at the door, and $6 for children. Adult meals bought in advance are $10. They may be purchased at the church office 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays except Wednesday. The meals include entree, sides, coffee, iced tea and water. The menu for the May 25 dinner is baked ham, macaroni and cheese, green beans, salad, rolls and dessert. Guests are welcome to bring beer, wine or soda to accompany their meal.

Table service begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. Take-out meals are available at the same price. There are no reservations and everyone is seated and served in the order they arrive.

Atlantic Cape offers professional development

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer professional development workshops beginning in June for individuals interested in enhancing their skill sets and advancing their careers.

Sanitation Training/ServSafe will teach participants to recognize the responsibilities involving the prevention of food-borne illnesses to pass the ServSafe test. Foodservice workers will learn the importance of proper storage, food preparation, cleaning and sanitizing to ensure safe food handling, four Fridays beginning June 7.

Real Estate Broker Licensing: Ethics in Today’s Real Estate World is one of a series of three courses required to complete 150 hours of pre-licensure education to apply for the broker’s license in New Jersey, four Thursdays and Fridays beginning June 20.

Beginning Italian will teach participants useful words, phrases and expressions common to everyday life, business and travel situations, eight Wednesdays beginning June 12.

Exploring Digital SLR Photography 1 offers an overview of shutter speeds, f stops, ISO, composition, lighting, sports photography and more, three Mondays beginning June 10.

The workshops are 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. See atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

County residents join CASA

Three Cape May County residents were recently sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, volunteers. Each new volunteer will be assigned to one child or family of children and ensure that they receive the resources they need while living in foster care. The new CASA volunteer graduates are Rachel Biondi, of Del Haven, and Rose Quanisha McGriff and Richard Wheatley, both of Ocean City.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, call 609-601-7800 or visit AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Technology demos available

Gain insight about how to use the newest technology during Atlantic Cape Community College’s Summer Technology Demos. Participants should bring their own laptop or tablet computer to these demonstrations.

In Windows 8 Demo, learn the key features of the newest Microsoft operating system, two sections beginning June 6 and 7.

In Excel 2010 Charts & Pivot Tables Demo, learn several techniques for creating column and bar charts along with Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts, two sections beginning June 20 and 21.

In Word 2010 Demo, beginners and experienced Microsoft Word users alike will learn how to get the most out of the word processing software, two sections beginning June 13 and 14.

In CloudOn/Dropbox/SkyDrive Demo, learn to use free-to-use cloud-based services to share documents, photos, videos and other files, two sections beginning July 11 and 12.

Technology classes will be 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 workshop prices or to register, call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Boating safety course being offered

The Delsea Power Squadron will conduct a one-day, eight-hour safe boating class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 8 at Minmar Marina in Sea Isle City.

The course fee is $55. Registration is required. Contact Ed McGarvey at 609-703-9688 or whiskaway3@verizon.net.

Atlantic Cape offers summer courses

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education division will offer a variety of courses in Cape May County this summer for those interested in upgrading their skills, gaining fresh knowledge and developing new talents.

In CloudOn/Dropbox/SkyDrive Demo, learn to use free-to-use cloud-based services to share documents, photos, videos and other files. Participants must bring their own devices to this session, Thursday, July 11.

In Word 2010 Demo, beginners and experienced Microsoft Word users alike will learn how to get the most out of the word processing software. Participants must bring their own devices to this session, Thursday, June 13.

In Excel 2010 Charts & Pivot Demo, learn how to create column and bar charts, line charts, pie charts and combination charts along with Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts. Participants must bring their own devices to this session, Thursday, June 20.

In Business Technology Specialist, develop the skills and confidence to work in a high-tech office, including: document production, word processing, spreadsheet preparation, database creation and management and effective use of presentation software will be. Upon completion, participants can earn up to nine college credits toward an Atlantic Cape degree, Monday-Thursday, beginning Oct. 7.

Classes will be offered at Atlantic Cape’s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. Call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.

Registration open for fall ACA classes

Registration for fall 2013 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College is under way. ACA classes begin Aug. 26.

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or desalvo@atlantic.edu to schedule a registration appointment. Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at atlantic.edu/webadvisor.

The Academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.

Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. Part-time classes are available also.

For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645 CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu, or visit atlantic.edu/aca.

Teens win state scholarship pageant in O.C.

Gianna Mazzone, 16, of Somers Point (senior division), and Madison Kennelly, 14, of Ocean City (junior division) captured the state crowns recently when Ocean City hosted the 42nd annual New Jersey National Teenager Scholarship Pageant. Julia Wilson, of Ocean City, was crowned Miss Hospitality for her support of the pageant.

Forty of New Jersey’s brightest teens vied for top honors in events including application, interview, gown and expression/style, which featured contestants wearing jeans they personally decorated in a style that showcased their creativity and individuality. The girls will represent New Jersey at the national competition this summer in San Antonio, Texas.

Atlantic Cape offering kids cooking classes

Atlantic Cape Community College's Academy of Culinary Arts will offer Kids in the Kitchen cooking sessions for children ages 8-12 through the summer.

The classes are designed to help young chefs build skills and confidence in the kitchen, and will teach kitchen safety and an understanding of healthy cooking while giving participants a chance to make friends and have fun. The class costs $195 and includes hat and apron.

Sessions will be offered 9-1 p.m. June 24-27, July 15-18 and August 12-15 at Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information or to register, visit atlantic.edu/conted or call 609-343-4829.

Miss Night in Venice seeking charities in need of donations

The Miss Night in Venice Committee is accepting requests from charities.

Each year, the proceeds raised by Miss Night in Venice contestants are awarded to charity. Organizations are asked to submit a letter describing the charity, current financials and any pertinent information. Send to Miss Night in Venice Committee, PO Box 433, Ocean City, NJ 08226. The deadline for accepting requests is June 1.

Pageants seek contestants

The Board of Directors of the Cape Scholarship Foundation is looking for contestants to compete this summer in the Miss Cape May County and Miss Cape Resort Pageants, to be held July 13 on the Ocean City Music Pier.

Contestants must be age 17-23. This is a Miss America Preliminary Pageant and the winners will go on to compete for the title of Miss New Jersey.

The Miss Cape Resort Pageant is open to full-time residents, students, and employees of New Jersey, while the Miss Cape May County Pageant is open to full-time residents, students or employees of Cape May County. Residency must be for at least six months prior. Proof of residency will be needed at orientation. Competitions will be in interview, 90-second talent, swimsuit, evening gown and on-stage question. Evening rehearsals will take place beginning July 10.

A mandatory orientation will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 26, when all paperwork will be due. To receive a preliminary application, contact Betty Pruitt, executive director of Miss Cape May County, at bapruitt@verizon.net or 609-390-0860, or Gina Campbell, executive director of Miss Cape Resort, at whiteibis625@yahoo.com or 609) 287-4248.

The deadline for applications is May 24.

Outstanding Teen contestant search on

The Cape Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors is seeking girls ages 13-16 years to compete in the Miss Cape May County Outstanding Teen pageant.

The pageant will take place on the Ocean City Music Pier. Rehearsals will be held several nights prior to the pageant. A mandatory orientation will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 26. The contest will consist of a six minute judges’ interview, a fitness routine (to be learned at rehearsals), a 90-second talent presentation, and evening wear with an on-stage question. Contestants must be year-round residents of Cape May County. The winner will travel with the current Miss Cape May County to several appearances, and later compete in the Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen pageant in January.

The Miss Cape May County Outstanding Teen pageant will take place July 13 in conjunction with the Miss Cape May County and Miss Cape Resort pageants. For more information and an application, contact Betty Pruitt at 609-390-0860 or bapruitt@verizon.net. Leave your name, complete address, phone number, school, grade and age. A pre-application will be sent, which will be due by May 31.

Ocean Galleries announces summer lineup

Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor will host four world-class art exhibitions this summer.

The exhibitions by Alexandre Renoir, Autumn de Forest, Graham Nash and Peter Max will offer a chance to view and purchase artwork from the collections while meeting the artists at receptions hosted by the gallery. Each exhibition is open to the public and held at the Stone Harbor location of Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave. Call 609-368-7777.

‘Renoir: A Legacy,’ works by Alexandre Renoir, his brother Emmanuel Renoir and their great-grandfather Pierre-Auguste Renoir, May 23-June 2, receptions with the artist 6-10 p.m. May 24-26.

‘Prodigy Returns: A New Collection of Artwork by Autumn de Forest,’ July 4-14, , receptions with the artist 6-10 p.m. July 5-6, 1-4 p.m. July 7.

‘Graham Nash: Visual Harmony,’ July 25-Aug. 4, receptions with the artist 7-10 p.m. July 27.

‘Peter Max: The Master of Pop Summer 2013 Collection,’ Aug. 29-Sept. 8, receptions with the artist 7-10 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

The Stone Harbor gallery is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily during the summer season. The Avalon location is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through the summer. See oceangalleries.com.

4-H club wins golf tournament

The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program recently congratulated a Shore Blazers 4-H Club Team for their first-place win in the 10th annual 4-H Horse Council Golf Tournament, held April 21 at the Avalon Golf Club.

Team members included Jeff Samaniego, Mark Schiffbauer, Larry Ziemba and Mark Morey. The Anco Ace Hardware team of Jan and Liz Rupinski and Steve and Keith Stankiewicz took top coed team honors in the tournament. Special thanks were extended to corporate sponsors Gentilini Family Motors, the Cape May County Board of Agriculture, Regional Nephrology Associates, Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge 1896, Shreiber Animal Foundation Enterprise, Croitor Feed and Ocean View Veterinary Hospital.

The tournament is held the last Sunday of every April to raise funds to support 4-H youth scholarships and educational activities for Cape May County’s 4-H horse club members.

Library to hold used book sale

The Schiavo Library in Strathmere is holding its annual “Welcome Summer” used book sale May 23-June 8.

The library is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is at 801 S. Commonwealth Ave. (Ocean Drive) in Strathmere. There are books for everyone — novels, nonfiction, paperback and children’s books as well as magazines, CDs and VHS tapes. All books and media are priced from 25 cents to $1.

For more information, call the Schiavo Library at 609-486-6265 or email info@strathmerelibrary.org.

North Wildwood Memorial Day services set

North Wildwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5941 and the City of North Wildwood will be honoring fallen soldiers from every war on Memorial Day, May 27, beginning 10 a.m. at the North Wildwood Veterans Monument, Spruce and New York avenues, to honor all veterans who have passed.

There will also be a service beginning 9:30 a.m. May 27 at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse flagpole where the names of passed VFW Post 5941 since last Memorial Day will be read and their service honored.

All are welcome.

Gloria Explosion planned in Ocean City

Cape Shore Chorale will present Gloria Explosion featuring music from Mozart to “Jazz Gloria” by Rob Landes at 3 p.m. June 2 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Avenue in Ocean City.

The Chorale is a chorus of 50-plus singers from Atlantic and Cape May counties under the musical direction of Scott J. Breiner. The Young Cape Singers, a professional children’s choral group directed by Julia Henrich, along with guest musicians will join the Chorale. A free will offering will be taken.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The funds were administered by the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission, under the authority of the County Library Commission for the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

More information, see capeshorechorale.org or call 609-861-2311

Zoo welcomes new snow leopard cubs

On April 20, snow leopard Himani gave birth to two cubs at the Cape May County Zoo, the zoo said.

This is her fourth consecutive litter. She has given birth to seven cubs in four years, making her and sire Vijay one of the most prolific snow leopard pairs in North America, the zoo said. The gender of the cubs will not be known for several weeks. New at the zoo this year is Cub Cam TV, which allows patrons to observe the cubs and Himani still in their nest box.

The Zoological Society will conduct a “Name the Cubs” contest open to children 12 and younger. For details, see capemaycountyzoo.org. The Zoological Society also is building a new snow leopard habitat with maternity den. Donations can be made to: Cape May County Zoological Society, PO Box 864, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.

For more information, email info@capemaycountyzoo.org. The zoo is Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited and actively participates in the Species Survival Plan breeding program for endangered animals.

OCHS Media Festival rescheduled

Ocean City High School presents its first Media Festival, rescheduled to 7 p.m. May 31 at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th Street and the Boardwalk.

The festival will showcase short films and segments produced by students in the award-winning high school TV and media production classes. Call OCHS for tickets at 609-399-1290, or see oc-tv.org.

Nature Center of Cape May seeking volunteers

The Nature Center of Cape May is seeking volunteers.

The Nature Store and Welcome Center has a critical need for volunteers to help out as receptionists, greeters and gift shop cashiers. Other opportunities include helping with annual plant sales, computer maintenance and data entry, programming, leading nature walks, assisting with children’s programs, computer and graphic design, cleaning, mailings and stuffing envelopes, public relations, school programs, special events such as Harbor Fest. Benefits include invitations to special volunteer events, recognition, Nature Store discounts, an annual volunteer picnic.

For details, pick up a volunteer application at the center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, call 609-898-8848 or email nccm@njaudubon.org.

Aviation museum hosting summer camps

The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum and the Federal Aviation Administration will host an Aviation Career Education Summer Academy for youths.

The full day ACE camp will run one week only, July 8-12, for students ages 12-17. The museum also has announced open registration for the Explorers Summer Academy. Explorers is a half-day camp tailored to students ages 9-11 and will run one week only, July 15-19. Registration is now open to all students. Both camps are already half full, so enrollment is limited.

The ACE Academy gives students an opportunity to learn more about aviation careers and have fun. The camp runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Highlights include: Travel Through Space presentation by NASA astronaut Terry Hart, tour of an active air traffic control tower and U.S. Coast Guard base, tour and demonstration by the Federal Air Marshal Training Center and FAA Technical Center Labs. Concluding the week is “Fly-In Day” with scheduled aircraft and career overviews provided by the Navy, Army (Blackhawk), State Police, AtlantiCare medevac and Coast Guard.

The Explorers Academy helps younger students explore what they want to be when they grow up. The camp runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Highlights include: Play Day on the Runway (airport safety presentation), Cape May Ferry operations, demonstration by the Coast Guard, water rocketry and up close exploration of aircraft parts and operations. Both camps stress the importance of science, technology, engineering and math “STEM” skills. Scholarships and financial aid packages are available; see usnasw.org.

County 4-H Fair seeks vendors

Cape May County, New Jersey 4-H Fair Chairman John Webersinn announced that the annual 4-H Fair is seeking commercial vendors offering family friendly, quality crafts and products to feature at the fair July 18-20. The 4-H fairgrounds are at 355 Court House-S. Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

The public hours for the fair are noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call 609-465-5115, ext. 656, or visit co.cape-may.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=5&TPID=4410.

Mrs. New Jersey America seeks entrants

The Mrs. New Jersey America Organization is accepting applications for the 2013 Mrs. New Jersey competition being held June 22-23 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Competition includes interview, evening gown and swimsuit. There is no talent category. Entrants must be at least 18 years old, married, a U.S. citizen and a resident of New Jersey for at least three months (exceptions for military). No pageant experience is necessary. The state winner receives an all-expense paid trip to participate in the national 2013 Mrs. America Pageant hosted by Florence Henderson.

For more information or to register, contact the Mrs. New Jersey America Organization at mrsnewjerseyamerica.com, gwnjamerica@yahoo.com or 609-970-1270.

Writers conference set

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

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

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

MTHS alumni plan annual dinner fundraiser

The Middle Township High School Alumni Association will hold its 23rd annual dinner June 1 at the Links Restaurant at the Avalon Golf Club in Cape May Court House.

All MTHS alumni and faculty are welcome, and 2013 scholarship recipients and their families will be recognized at the dinner. Memorabilia of the long history of MTHS will be displayed by Lea Westcott, association president and historian. The event is to raise money for the scholarship fund. The association is seeking tax-deductible donations for door prizes and a silent auction fundraiser to be held that evening. All contributions are tax-deductible. Online registration for the dinner is open, see mthsalumni.org and click on “annual dinner,” or download a printable form to mail. The cost is $43 per person. The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Membership in the association is a $10 contribution per year or $100 for a tax-deductible life membership. For more information, call 609-463-0612 and leave a message.

Bank donates to Every Breath Counts

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

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

Marine technology day camp offered in August

Partnering with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, and the University of Delaware, 4-H is offering a new, weeklong day camp Aug. 5-9 at the Nature Center of Cape May.

The Ocean Glider camp will offer middle school participants in grades six to eight hands-on experiments and engineering challenges. The camp will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Campers can work with ocean sensors and marine robotics, use handheld sensors to explore the environment and collect data, and engage in activities and marine science laboratories. At the close of the week, the campers will offer a showcase of their work.

Participants should pack lunch, sunscreen and a water bottle each day. This program is offered through a partnership with the Department of 4-H Youth Development, the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, and the University of Delaware. The camp will take place at the Nature Center of Cape May’s Environmental Education campus, located on Cape May harbor.

Registrations is now open and space is limited. The cost is $250 per camper, or $200 for members of NJ Audubon Nature Center of Cape May and registered Cape May County 4-H members in good standing. Contact the 4-H office at 609-465-5115 ext. 610 or karavan@njaes.rutgers.edu.

O.C. Fishing Club plans tournament

The Ocean City Fishing Club will conclude a nearly yearlong centennial celebration in October with a three-day surf-fishing tournament that is expected to draw as many as 100 East Coast teams competing for total cash awards of $20,000.

The competition will take place Oct. 17-19 along the beaches of Ocean City. All the teams must include six members; there will be no individual entries.

For more information, contact Mike Hayes at 856-303-0906 or mikehayes325@gmail.com or Augie Conte Jr. at 609-320-2849 or aconte1@aol.com.

Scholarship available to Cape May County women

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

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

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

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

County library holds website contest

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

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

Prizes and certificates were donated by local establishments.

Bay-Atlantic Symphony plans concerts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, call 856-451-1169 or see bayatlanticsymphony.org.

Atlantic Cape offers summer sessions

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

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

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

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

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

Art camps in Ocean City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cape Island seeks designation as Community Wildlife Habitat

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

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

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

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

Theater company plans student workshop

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

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

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

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

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).

Youth invited to fishing camp

The Nature Center of Cape May and its parent organization, New Jersey Audubon, invite children over the age of 8 to participate in the second annual Guy Hill Buckelew Memorial youth Fishing Camp to run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday, Aug. 19-23, at the Nature Center, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May.

Guy Hill Buckelew was an avid angler and sportsman whose desire to see his love of fishing perpetuated to aspiring youthful anglers is realized by this camp. The camp will be supervised by retired teacher and local waterman Norman Smith. Camp leaders will instruct students in all phases of fishing including species identification, catch limits, angling methods and terminology, bait, tackle and rigging, safety precautions and even catch cleaning and preparation. Additional afternoon hours will be scheduled to accommodate a boat trip from 1 to 5 p.m. (weather permitting), a visit to this year’s Mid-Atlantic $500,000 tuna and marlin tournament to watch weigh-ins and tour the Big Tent.

The cost for this weeklong experience covers professional instruction, equipment, bait, T-shirts and other apparel, as well as charter boat fees. The cost is $200 for members and $250 for non-members. Scholarships are available based on need and for many U.S. Coast Guard dependent children, but camp size is limited. Inquiries should be made in person at the center or call 609-898-8848 for registration information.

Gently used books needed

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

Free vacations offered

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

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

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

Youth arts program under way

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

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

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

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

Tickets on sale for concert series

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

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

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

Scholarship offered

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

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

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

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

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

PAC, youth orchestra partner with Pops

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

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

Free movies in Ocean City

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

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

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

Jersey Shore Pops to play

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

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

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

Cape May Stage offers subscriptions

Equity theater Cape May Stage has announced the lineup of plays and deals on subscription packages for the 2013 season, the theater’s 25th anniversary.

The schedule features: “How to Make a Rope Swing” through June 7; “Lend Me a Tenor,” June 12-July 26; “Boeing Boeing,” July 31-Sept. 13; “Freud’s Last Session,” Sept. 18-Oct. 19; “A Walk in the Woods,” Oct. 23-Nov. 16; “Jacob Marley’s Christmas,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29.

Subscriber benefits include as much as 50 percent off regular box office prices, complimentary exchanges and upgrades, priority seating, and discounts on our merchandise. Cape May Stage offers subscription series tickets for opening or preview night performances and subscription flex passes. Purchase of these series is equivalent to 15 percent off single ticket prices.

Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 609-884-1341, online at capemaystage.org or at the box office. All subscriptions expire Dec. 30.