Sea Isle Garden Club to resume meetings
The Sea Isle Garden Club will resume its regular meetings at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Community Lodge, JFK Boulevard and Park Road.
The guest speakers will be Arnold and Christine Clemson. They will discuss native plants and habitats for butterflies and birds. All are welcome to attend.
CASA offers information session
CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold two information sessions on Oct. 1, at noon and 6 p.m., at the CASA for Children office in Somers Point.
The 60-minute program gives an overview of the organization and describes how CASA Volunteers advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. Attending the information session is the first step to becoming a CASA volunteer. Register by calling 609-601-7800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see AtlanticCapeCASA.org.
Author’s Luncheon set
The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library have announced ticket sales for the annual Author’s Luncheon.
Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Cooper mysteries and a former New York prosecutor, will speak at the Flanders Hotel at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 17. Tickets are $30. Box office-style sales will take place in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 only. There will be no advance, nor mail-in ticket purchases. Bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Efforts to comply with seating requests will be made, but are not guaranteed.
Informational flyers will be posted at fvocfpl.wordpress.com or wp.me/p3hhKd-93. Do not contact the library for information.
4-H offers open house
The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program is kicking off the new 4-H year with an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. All are welcome.
4-H club members and leaders invite interested youth and families to join them for a showcase of current 4-H clubs and programs. Activities include hands-on crafts, environmental science, games and give-aways. Food prepared by 4-H Foundation members will be available for purchase.
The 4-H Youth Development Program serves young people in kindergarten through one year out of high school with programs such as school and after-school clubs, camps, workshops, regional and national trips and special events. 4-H clubs are led by trained, adult volunteers and offer youth community service opportunities, the chance to explore an area of interest while making new friends and public speaking and record keeping experience. 4-H members receive recognition for their efforts and achievements. Currently, Cape May County offers clubs in project areas such as teen leadership, herpetology, cooking, LEGO, horse and livestock projects, sewing, gardening and archery. New clubs are starting all the time, such as one just for youth who love horses but do not own their own. The 4-H Cloverbud Club specializes in activities for children in kindergarten through third grade.
4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
Museum remembers the ladies
The Cape May County Museum presents “Remember the Ladies,” a special day of programs for women, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5. At 11, Dorothy Stanaitis, instructor of literature and television and radio host, will present “Let’s Hear It for the Ladies.” We know about Betsy, but what about the other ladies who played a role in the struggle for American Independence. Stanaitis will take us behind the closed doors of colonial Philadelphia to meet these outstanding women. Following the morning program, a gourmet lunch will be served in the garden area of the museum.
At 1 p.m., Gordon Bond, author of “The Hidden History of South Jersey,” will present a lecture on some of the little known history of our part of New Jersey, including Harriet Tubman’s summers in Cape May. Following his program, Bond will stay to autograph copies of his book, which will be available for purchase. Please join us for this special day. Reservations are $20 and include lunch. For more information or to make reservations, call the Museum at 609-465-3535.
Church festival honors St. Francis of Assisi
Messiah Lutheran Church, Ocean View, in partnership with Ocean View Veterinary Hospital and contributing partner, Rental City of Vineland, will hold a Fall Festival honoring St. Francis of Assisi.
At 10:30 a.m. there will be the Feast of St. Francis Worship Service, an outdoor service with a St. Francis theme. Bring your pets to church. Trained and experienced volunteers from the Ocean View Veterinary Hospital will be on hand to help with restless pets.
The festival will be from noon to 3 p.m. Blessing of the Animals by Pastor Kelly at noon, 2 and 3 p.m.
Demonstration and Exhibitions – Cape May County Animal Shelter, K-9 Unit of the CMC Sheriff’s Office, NJ Nature and Environmental Center, Save Our Strays of Sea Isle City, and Turtle Rescue.
There will be complimentary refreshments (hot dogs, pretzel bits, pet treats, and water for pets and humans) There also will be food for sale — knockwurst and sauerkraut with a bag of chips, homemade baked goods, soda and cider. Pre-packaged doggie treats have been donated by Ocean View Veterinary.
Funds raised will benefit the Cape May Animal Shelter, NJ Nature and Environmental Canter and Save Our Strays of Sea Isle City. The food that is sold along with donations made during the festival is the only source of fundraising.
Pets must be up to date on their shots and owners should have their pets’ rabies certificates available if possible. Dogs must be on leashes; cats, small mammals or reptiles and birds must be in cages. Horses and other large mammals must wear a halter.
Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 2298 Route 9 North., in the Ocean View section of Dennis Township. For more information, call 609-486-6043.
OCFAL announces contest winners
This fall, the Ocean City Fine Arts League showcases the colors of fall at the Art on Asbury gallery. All art is for sale and supports local artists.
Winning the Fall Tree-themed contest was Marilyn Brent, of Linwood, for her oil painting “Dogwood and Spruce Wood.” Second place went to Patricia Boyd, of Avalon, for her watercolor “Autumn Glow.” Earning honorable mentions were Wanda Kline, of Ocean City, pastel, “The Grove”; Deb Spinella, of Mays Landing, pastel, “Harvest Moon Trio”; Diane Brown, of Somers Point, watercolor, “Bamboozled”; and Karen Haverland, of Northfield, watercolor, “Intracacies.”
For more information, call 609-814-0308 or visit oceancityfineartsleague.org.
Those who served invited to breakfast
The Cape May County Army National Guard Association’s September breakfast location will be at the Villas Diner, 2100 Bayshore Road, Villas, at 9 a.m. Sept. 28.
All branches of the military are welcome, and members look forward to meeting new members who have been honorably discharged from service, along with those currently serving. Call 609-729-1596.
GED testing dates set
GED testing for October at the Cape May County Technical School Distict will take place from 3:30 to 9 p.m Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 16-17.
A mandatory registration and orientation, which takes about an hour, is set for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 for the first test, and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 for the second test, in the Tozour 100 building, 188 Crest Haven Road, Office 145. Those interested in the GED test must bring to the registration/orientation a money order or cash for $50 (no personal checks) and two forms of ID, one a government-issued photo ID, along with an original birth certificate or Social Security card. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must present their certificate of consent to participate form at the time of registration. Contact the GED office for a form.
For more information, call 609-465-2161, ext. 648 or 646, and for more test dates, see capemaytech.com.
Cape Regional hosts teen Medical Explorers
On the first and third Tuesday of each month from October through April, Cape Regional Medical Center becomes the “place to be” for a dozen or more teens in the Medical Explorers “Learning for Life” career-education program for young men and women sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.
This partnership offers a unique backdrop for new friendships and provides an opportunity to for experience in health-care careers; Cape Regional Medical Center’s Medical Explorer’s program explores different elements of health care, spending most of their time in a group setting. Individual students also can shadow in areas of specific interest and participate in hands-on activities. The co-facilitators for Post 1189 are Keith Babore, BSRT, director of diagnostic imaging, and Sue Guilliams, RN. The program is open to people ages 14 (who have completed eighth grade) through 20 who exhibit an interest in a career in health care.
For more information, call Babore at 609-463-2511.
Harborside Chats start again
Harborside Chats at the Nature Center of Cape May have resumed.
At 6 p.m Sept. 26, Kathy Fallon, whose photography is on exhibit at the Saltwater Cafe, will be the featured speaker. An artist’s reception will take place afterward. The event will take place at the Saltwater Cafe at South Jersey Marina, because the Nature Center’s education hall is being renovated.
The chats return to the Nature Center on Oct. 3, when the Jersey Cape Beekeepers make a return visit. This year, attendees will be able to view an actual hive in operation at the Center. Capt. Todd Prestige, Commanding Officer of TRACEN Cape May, has been tentatively scheduled to be the featured speaker Oct. 10. Prestige will detail the military history of the Training Center at Cape May.
Chats are free, but a donation is requested to help fund the third phase of the Nature Center education hall renovation.
Cape Shore Chorus presents annual show
Cape Shore Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present its annual celebration of barbershop harmony at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Performing Arts Center in Middle Township.
This year’s show “Love and Marriage” includes musical selections from Cape Shore Chorus as well as performances from two award winning quartets. Euphonix, SAI Region 19 Silver Medalists and Frank the Dog, the Mid-Atlantic champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will entertain and delight with their special brand of harmony.
Tickets are $15. For information, call the PAC at 609-463-1924 or Brenda at 609-463-8870.
Mutt Strut set in Cape May
The seventh annual Mutt Strut is set for Sept. 28 (rain date Sept. 29) on Cape May’s beachfront Promenade.
This annual event brings together dog owners and their canine companions for a beachfront strut, one of the few times four-footed friends are permitted on the Promenade. Registration is required and takes place near Convention Hall on Beach Avenue near Gurney Street. The event runs 8 a.m. to noon.
A donation of $1 per leg ($2/person, $4/dog) helps purchase K9 protective vests for the Cape May County Sheriff’s K9 Unit and supports area dog training and canine community programs of the event’s sponsor, Cape May County Dog Obedience Training Club. In 2012, almost $3,000 was donated toward K9 vests. This year’s goal is to buy two vests costing $2,200 each. The event offers fun for all, with door prizes, giveaways, auction, children’s activity table and K9 demonstrations, along with educational materials on dog ownership, training and adoption. Come enjoy the fun — and if you have no paws, come and support a good cause.
The Mutt Strut is held as part of the American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Days. For more information, email email@example.com or see cmcdotc.com. For information on the programs and activities of the Sheriff’s K9 Unit, see cmcsheriff.net.
LTPD taking applications for Class II officers
The Lower Township Police Department is accepting applications for Special Class II Police Officers.
Applicants must hold a valid PTC certification for New Jersey Special Class II Officer and have a minimum of two years of experience as a law enforcement officer. Applications are available in the Records Section, located in the front lobby of police headquarters, 405 Breakwater Road, Erma, during the normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applicants are encouraged to submit an application to have on file for present and future hiring opportunities.
Animal Alliance seeks members
The Animal Alliance of Cape May County is holding a membership drive to help defray the costs associated with running its clinic.
With the help of donors and volunteers, more than 15,000 cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered since the clinic opened in 2005, and more than 26,800 volunteer hours have been logged at the clinic. Annual dues for individual alliance members are $10.
To join or donate, send payment to Animal Alliance of Cape May County, P.O. Box 172, Cape May, NJ 08204. Membership cards will be sent via email unless otherwise requested. To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-465-6388.
Beach Writers talk law at Jessie Creek Winery
On Oct. 27, the Beach Writers Autumn Retreat will take place at Jessie Creek Winery, 1 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House. This one-day seminar is a satellite of North Wildwood Beach Writers Conference held in June every year. The retreat complements the conference’s focus on writing and publishing with the next step: protecting your rights as an author.
The guest speaker for the morning session is Tonya Evans, associate professor of law at Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg campus) and an attorney specializing primarily in the areas of entertainment law (literary, music and film) and intellectual property (copyright and trademark). In the afternoon, award-winning author Don Helin will discuss his experience with the intricacies of the publishing world. Register by Sept. 30 and pay $125 for the day. After Sept. 30, the fee is $150.
Annual baby shower set
The Christ Child Society of Cape May County will hold its 30th annual Baby Shower, “Celebrating God's Children” on from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at St. John Neumann Parish Hall, 680 Townbank Road, N. Cape May.
The price of admission is a wrapped baby layette gift, such as stretch outfits for 0 to 3 months, baby wash, towels, diapers size 1 and 2, washcloths, wipes, onesies, receiving blankets, bibs and crib sheets. Entertainment will be provided by the children's choir of Cape Trinity School, and refreshments will be served. Raffle tickets and a 50/50 cash drawing will be held.
For reservations, call Maureen at 215-947-5279 or Tamala at 609-886-2830.
Dennis Township schools doing Child Find
Parents who suspect their child may have a disability can get free help from their local school district’s Child Study Team.
The Dennis Township school district is organizing a Child Find campaign to assist in the identification of unserved or underserved youth with a delay or disability from birth through age 21. Information also may be obtained about early intervention services and special education programs throughout New Jersey. Screening, professional guidance and an educational program, if needed, are available free through the Child Study Team. Call 609-861-2821, ext. 234.
A child may be eligible for services and accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under Section 504, a person with a disability is one who either “has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment”. Section 504 requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to all eligible students with disabilities. If the Section 504 Committee determines that a child has a disability under Section 504, it must develop and implement a Section 504 plan for the delivery of needed services.
If you suspect that your child may have a disability and would like more information about the district’s Section 504 policies and procedures, call 609-861-2821, ext. 220 or 221.
Red Cross, Bob’s Discount Furniture launch scholarship program
Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross launched the High School Heroes Scholarship Program during the New York Giants’ third annual American Red Cross blood drive Aug. 25.
This program will give high school students in New York and New Jersey the opportunity to compete with other schools during the 2013-14 school year for a share of $250,000 in scholarship money. The High School Heroes program honors students who make exceptional contributions to the American Red Cross blood donor program in their schools, and helps encourage young people to become involved by helping patients in need.
Students who host at least two high school blood drives through the year and achieve an annual participation rate of at least 30 percent of their school’s age-eligible students are qualified to win a base scholarship of $250. Students who meet those initial requirements are also eligible to win additional scholarships, including as many as eight $1,000 grand prize scholarships per winning school. The winners in each state are determined by the number of students who donate and the total units collected.
For complete rules, see mybobs.com/outreach/highschoolheroes.
Avalon Police accepting applications for 2014
Avalon Police Chief William McCormick has announced that the Avalon Police Department is now hiring Special Officers for the 2014 season.
Applications are being taken immediately, so candidates can be enrolled in the winter academy. For an application and more information, see avalonpolice.org/careers.
Atlantic Cape to offer training in geospatial technology
This fall, Atlantic Cape Community College will offer Geospatial Technician Certification, a new training program in one a fast-growing career fields.
Geospatial Technician Certification will meet 6 to 9 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 7 at the Mays Landing Campus, Building T, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The course follows the STARS curriculum series, designed to teach and assess a student’s level of competence in the geospatial skill set required by the geospatial industry to become employed in the field. With a 15 percent growth in new jobs projected over the next decade, this course is designed for professionals working in homeland security, law enforcement, economic development, land developers, land surveyors, military science, engineering, public safety, real estate, municipality professionals, GIS/RS-related professionals, and anyone interested in entering the geospatial field.
For more information or to register call 609-343-4829 or see atlantic.edu/conted.
Veterans groups support Aviation Museum programming
The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum recently received financial contributions from several local veterans groups to help support and expand the museum’s education and general programming.
The museum will use the funds, in conjunction with NASW’s own financial resources, to continue and further develop the two educational summer academies NASW now coordinates. In 2013, the museum provided two full and four partial scholarships to participating students. Funds also will support community outreach programs to home school, scouting, underprivileged youth groups and the museum’s Free Historic Lecture Series.
The NASW Foundation thanks the American Legion, Stephen C. Ludlam Post 331, North Wildwood VFW Post 5941, Sea Isle City VFW Post 1963, Lt. Charles “Buddy” Lewis VFW Post 5343 and Brigantine Memorial VWF Post 6964.
Walk for Wounded set for Sept. 28
On Sept. 28, Ocean City Home Bank and Operation First Response will present the fifth annual Walk for the Wounded. Registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier at 8:30 a.m., and the three-mile Walk on the Boardwalk begins at 10 a.m.
Four years have passed since Ocean City Home Bank President Steve Brady offered to organize the event. The first walk took place in fall 2009, and it has been held each year after, raising more than $200,000 for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured soldiers and their families. Ocean City firefighters again have pledged to support the event, planning to sell stickers and T-shirts to raise money for the walk. In addition, Mainland Regional High School’s Support Our Troops club has set a fundraising goal of $10,000.
This year, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier will offer wristbands to each child who raises $10 or more for the walk. The wristbands allow children to enjoy the rides beginning at 1 p.m. on the day of the walk.
Walk for the Wounded raises funds for Operation First Response through pledges solicited by individual walkers and teams of walkers, as well as event sponsorships and fees for advertisements in the event’s dedication booklet. All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a national 501c(3) nonprofit organization. Of every dollar raised for Operation First Response, 90 cents is donated to wounded soldiers and their families in times of crisis.
To learn more about sponsorships, advertising opportunities or registration, cal Tricia Ciliberto at 800-771-7990, ext. 1106, or see ochome.com.
Art on Asbury presents ‘Round Midnight’ free movie
The Ocean City Fine Arts League presents free pre-screened films featuring artists and art trends every month through December. Movies are shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. Upcoming shows include:
Oct. 1, ‘Quiz Show,’ 1994, Robert Redford directs film about real-life quiz show scandals that were exposed in the late 1950s.
Nov. 12, ‘Like Water for Chocolate,’ 1992,’ the story of Tita, who is forbidden by her mother to marry. Her only solace is her cooking. She magically whisks her sorrow and longings into her feasts so that all who partake experience her feelings as she does.
Dec. 3, ‘Little Women,’ based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about a family of women in Civil War-era New England.
For more information, call 609-814-0308 or 609-399-2434. See oceancityfineartsleague.org.
Garden tours planned for September
New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May invites gardening enthusiasts to join gardening naturalist and author Pat Sutton as she leads a series of tours in the county — visit a variety of gardens, each one of which showcases unique methods, techniques and styles.
On Sept. 25 and 26, join Sutton during the peak of Cape May County’s world famous monarch butterfly migration, as she visits gardens that have hosted monarchs since May. Expect to see clouds of monarchs and other butterflies, and learn about the five kinds of milkweed and various nectar plants. This tour explores the monarch butterfly migration by locating monarch eggs, caterpillars and maybe even a chrysalis.
These tours are limited to 25 people. The cost is $35 per tour for members and $45 for nonmembers with discounted rates available when committing to three or more tours. Tours run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring a lunch to enjoy in one of the gardens on the tour.
Tours require registration with payment. Register by phone at 609-898-8848 with a credit card or send payment to the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204.
Free postpartum depression support group forming
Cooperative Care will offer a free support group for new moms who are experiencing postpartum depression, and moms of older children who are experiencing depressive symptoms that affect bonding with their children.
Mothers with depression often deal with feelings of hopelessness, feelings of being a bad mother, lack of support from others, and a supportive group can help. Call Cooperative Care at 609-741-6363 to register for this free group. Groups will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
Cooperative Care is a new mental health service in Rio Grande, located at 1076 Rt 47 South. Most insurance is accepted, and mental health services are available for marital, family and personal issues.
School supply drive under way
A national school supply drive will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Staples are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin for the Staples for Students National School Supply Drive for kids in need. Until Sept. 28, customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students. All donations will be given locally to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City and Vineland and the Lakehurst Navy Youth Center to ensure they get into the hands of disadvantaged youth just in time for the new school year. Staples stores where people can donate include: 11 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May.
Pet first aid classes now available
Vanessa Sorace, owner of Zoo Sitters, LLC, In-Your-Home Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, now offers Pet Tech classes for pet owners and pet care professionals. Pet Tech is the first international training center dedicated to pet first aid, CPR and care. Sorace recently completed the Pet Tech training program.
The eight-hour class includes skills and information necessary to prepare pet owners for a medical emergency involving their pet. Topics include: CPR, rescue breathing, shock management, bleeding and choking protocols, injury and wellness exams, heat and cold injuries, dental care, nutrition, senior pet care and more. Upon class completion, students obtain a two-year certification in pet first aid and CPR. The class takes place at the Golden Inn in Avalon, and includes continental breakfast.
For more information or to register for a class, go to zoositters.com and click on Pet First Aid Class or call 609-846-4641.
Jersey Shore Pops seeking volunteers
The Jersey Shore Pops is looking for new volunteers — the backbone of any nonprofit organization — needed to assist in areas including promotional display assistance, publicity, grant writing, website design and other activities. Any help in these areas is welcome, but experience is not required.
Jersey Shore Pops is a New Jersey nonprofit corporation and is comprised of professional musicians from all over South Jersey. For more information on volunteering, email Nick@JerseyShorePops.org or call 609-628-4544. Any professional musicians interested in auditioning can also contact them or attend the meeting in person for more information on upcoming events.
For ticket information, see JerseyShorePops.org.
Sandy recovery help available
Counselors with New Jersey Hope and Healing are available to meet with homeowners and renters who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Information on grants is now available. Support groups are running. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 308, for details. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Residents who are upset, stressed or depressed as a result of the storm, loss of property or displacement and other related issues may seek guidance and support by calling 877-294-HELP (4357), TTY 877-294-4356.
Small Sandy Survivors group set
New Jersey Hope and Healing presents Small Sandy Survivors, a creative, interactive workshop that offers support and education to children ages 5-10 who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The events are free. Counselors are available to meet with parents during the workshop. To find a workshop in your area, call 609 652-3800, ext. 308. New Jersey Hope and Healing is sponsored by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, through a FEMA grant in partnership with Mental Health Association in New Jersey.
Caper 10 group seeks new members
In the communities that comprise the Lower Cape May Regional School District, one program in the past 20 years, has provided more than $368,000 in scholarship aid to families of LCMR graduates, the Caper 10 Alumni Association said.
The association was founded in 1993 by 10 community minded graduates of Cape May High School, or LCMR. The group determined that if they would each contribute $100 annually to a dedicated fund, they could award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who was not in the top 10 of the graduating class and to whom $1,000 might make the difference to be able to attend the college of their choice. The idea caught on, and Caper 10 now makes $3,000 awards to as many as nine graduates each year. Chairman Ed Sheretta reminded prospective members, that there are no fundraisers or meetings to attend — one only has to write a check for $100 to the group.
Caper 10 is incorporated as a nonprofit organization and has a committee to oversee the annual collection, distribution and recording of funds. For more information or to join, write to 311 North Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204.
Vaccines available for adults
The Cape May County Department of Health has a variety of vaccines available for adults in Cape May County.
The specific vaccines an adult needs are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel and previous vaccines. Residents are advised to talk to their doctor or nurse about what is recommended. The Health Department has most adult vaccines available free or low-cost. Call 609-465-1200 to ask about what vaccines you may need and to schedule an appointment. Adult vaccines are currently available to prevent: chickenpox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, pertussis, meningitis, pneumonia and shingles.
Information on adult vaccinations is available at cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/index.html.
Cape May County Museum participates in Blue Star Museums
The Cape May County Museum has announced the launch of Blue Stars Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and 2,000 American museums to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after completing a military move. In conjunction with this program, the Cape May County Museum will feature a special exhibit of uniforms from its military collection, beginning with a uniform from the Spanish American War up to the current war in Afghanistan.
The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The Cape May County Museum is located at 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, and is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nature Center offers programs
The Nature Center of Cape May offers programs including summer camps for children from pre-kindergarten through age 16, salt marsh safaris, fishing and crabbing, bike tours, beachcombing, scavenger hunts, kayak rentals and tours, campfires and storytelling, and more.
Call 609-898-8848, visit the Center at 1600 Delaware Ave. 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, or see NJAudubon.org/Centers/NCCM.
‘Mosaic Memories’ art project set
Community Art Projects invites locals and visitors to leave their mark in Ocean City and become part of a future Community Art Projects art installation.
Grab a few friends or relatives and paint a tile at Glazed Over Studio, 854 Asbury Ave., through Oct. 15. Tiles are 4¼ inches and can be painted with any design or family name. Prices are $20 per tile or two for $35 to “Create a Mosaic Memory.” Painted tiles, artistically placed in a significant sculpture, will be placed in a central Ocean City location.
Mosaic Memories is sponsored by CAP to raise awareness for the importance of the arts and funding to help CAP continue to beautify Ocean City through public art. For more information on Mosaic Memories, call Leslie Skibo at 609-425-2687.
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.
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).
Middle PAC holding concerts
The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township has announced its list of professional shows.
Oct. 19, the Platters with Ron Gartner
Nov. 16, the Bronx Wanderers with the Fabulous Grease Band
Nov. 24, ‘The Nutcracker’ by the New Jersey Ballet Co.
Dec. 7 , ‘The Hit Men’
Dec. 14, ‘Christmas with the Rat Pack’
Reserve tickets by calling 609-463-1924. The PAC is at 212 Bayberry Dr., Cape May Court House, one block east of exit 10 of the Garden State Parkway. Free parking on the premises.