Donations needed for angel tree

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

Every year, 100 children between the ages of 4 and 10 from the community are invited to attend. Stop by the credit union at 3317 Route 9 S in Rio Grande and select a starfish tag from the tree in the lobby starting Oct. 29. Wrapped gifts should be returned to the credit union’s lobby and placed under the tree with the tag attached by Nov. 30. For more information about the gift drive, call the credit union at 609-646-3339, ext. 210.

Halloween events set for Woodbine

Woodbine has set trick-or-treat hours as 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

The Woodbine Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is sponsoring Trunk or Treat, along with Woodbine Recreation and Woodbine Volunteer Fire Department. It will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the far end of the bike path, between Washington and Lincoln avenues. Adults can fill their vehicle trunks with goodies and give them out to the children as they walk the bike path. For more information and to register a vehicle, call 609-861-5174.

There will be a Haunted Hayride for all ages, organized by the Fire and Recreation Departments at the cost of $1 per person.

Bird show set

The Bird Show will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at Cape May Convention Hall. The hall will be filled with an array of exhibitors featuring fine artisans, crafters, nature gifts, hand crafted birdhouses, ecotour groups, binocular and optics companies, and David Sibley, artist and author of the Sibley Guide to Birds and co-author of “HAWKS in Flight.”

A silent auction will take place at noon Oct. 26 and end at noon Oct. 28. Admission to Convention Hall is $5 at the door ($2 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under are admitted free). All children must be accompanied by an adult. In addition to Convention Hall, register for activities including field trips, indoor lectures, programs, demonstrations, boat trips and more. For information, call the Cape May Bird Observatory at 609-884-2736, ext. 12, or see birdcapemay.org.

Halloween fun day set

The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program is sponsoring a Halloween 4-H Fun Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Horse and Livestock Area at the rear of the 4-H Fairgrounds, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

Children are invited to join in activities at no cost: Silly Scarecrow-Making for display along Court House-South Dennis Road, Make-n-Take Punkin’ Decoratin,’ and Hay Rides around the 4-H fairgrounds. All materials will be supplied. The day will begin with a Halloween Fun Horse Show for 4-H horse club members at 11 a.m. Costumed 4-H youth and horses will compete for prizes in fun classes.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and treats will be available for $2 per person. After all activities are over, there will be a campfire with marshmallows for roasting and treats for all.

Call 465-5115, ext. 605, or email mlfrandino@co.cape-may.nj.us for more information and to register.

Wear purple Nov. 5 for Alzheimer’s awareness

The first Monday in November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Day in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association urges South Jersey residents to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease by wearing purple — the organization’s signature color — on Nov. 5.

Alzheimer’s is a devastating, debilitating neurological disorder that robs people of their cognitive abilities and ultimately their lives. There is no cure and there are no survivors. There are currently 85,000 residents living with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder within the seven counties in South Jersey.

Pledge to wear purple on Nov. 5 to cast your vote to put an end to Alzheimer’s disease. To get educated about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, see alz.org/desjsepa or call 1-800-272-3900.

Special services fundraiser set

The Cape May County Special Services School District Education Foundation will hold its 15th annual auction/dinner to benefit the children of the district at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The evening will start with a cocktail reception that includes hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine until 8 p.m. followed by gourmet dining stations and desserts created by the students of the Cape May County Special Services School District. There will be silent and live auctions plus music and dancing. “Take a Chance for Our Students” 50/50 raffle tickets are $50 each. The drawing will take palce at the auction but winners need not be present.

Tickets cost $65. For more information, to be a sponsor, to purchase a raffle or auction ticket, call 609-463-6678 or email cmctvlady@hotmail.com.

Volunteers join CASA

Sixteen Atlantic County and six Cape May County residents recently were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers.

The new advocates attended a swearing in ceremony, which capped 30 hours of classroom instruction in child advocacy including an overview of the child protection system, child health services and writing court reports. As CASA volunteers, they will advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children and ensure these children receive the best possible care while living in foster care. 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.

Anyone interested in becoming a CASA volunteer should attend the next information session at noon or 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the CASA Office in Somers Point. A new training class will begin in January. Call 609-601-7800 or see AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

Lecture focuses on Reagan

Launching a “Lessons of History” lecture series for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, Myles Martel will share his perspective on the legacy of President Ronald Reagan — insights he gained firsthand as he coached Reagan for the 1980 presidential debates.

The talk will take place at 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Cape May Stage’s Robert Shackleton Playhouse at Bank and Lafayette streets in Cape May. It will be followed by a 5:30 p.m. meet-the-speaker reception at The Queen Victoria, 102 Ocean St., Cape May. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities and Martel and Associates. Tickets are limited and cost $15 for the lecture; $30 for the lecture and reception. For reservations call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.

Kid-Friendly haunted house set

Pretty princesses and ghoulish ghosts are welcome to attend Ocean City Repertory Theater’s second annual Kid Friendly Haunted House, a well-lighted, less scary trick-or-treat tour from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26-28. Children can wander through a non-scary haunted house with decorated scenes, games, face painting, bubbles, balloons and more. Costumes are not mandatory, but encouraged. There will be goblin gift bags for all children.

The theater is located at 813 Asbury Ave.in Ocean City. Call 609-457-6686.

Halloween parade set in O.C.

The Ocean City Exchange Club hosts its 65th annual Halloween parade Oct. 25, running from Sixth to 11th Street down Asbury Avenue.

All are welcome to walk in the parade. The lineup starts at 6:30 p.m. at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue and the parade will start at 7:15 p.m. Participants will be separated into age and group divisions and judged based on their costumes. Categories will include appearance, originality and artistry. Those who wish to register on the day of the event will be asked to wait at the late-registration table on the night of the event; it will be staffed from 6:30 to 7 p.m, and located at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue in front of GG’s Diamond Tailor Shop.

Community Arts Projects to host Fright Night

CAP will presents its annual Fright Night Halloween Party from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Ocean City Yacht Club, 100 Bay Road.

This year’s event is themed ‘Til Death Do Us Part.’ Tickets are $65 per person with all proceeds benefiting CAP’s mission, to beautify Ocean City through public art. This is their largest annual fundraiser. Call 609-425-2687 or see communityartprojects.com.

‘Anything Goes’ for fine arts show

The Ocean City Fine Arts League invites all artists to submit as many as two entries for the November “Anything Goes” competition, sale and exhibition.

The maximum size is 50 united inches (length plus width). The entry fee is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Entries are accepted in all media and must reflect the “Autumn” theme. Entries can be dropped off Nov. 1-5. The gallery is only open until 1 p.m. Sundays. A “Meet The Artist” reception and awards presentation will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9..Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public and the show runs through the end of November.

The Art On Asbury Gallery is located at 608 Asbury Ave. and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. All artwork is handmade by local artisans and is for sale. Call 609-814-0308 or see oceancityfineartsleague.org.

MAC’s offers Halloween Happenings

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities in Cape May presents Halloween happenings ahead of Oct. 31.

Phantoms of the Physick Estate, 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 27. Self-guided, daytime tour with spooky sounds and special effects. The terror tour from 7-10 p.m. is scarier. The kid-friendly tour is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). The evening tour is $15 for adults and $12 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the evening tour with Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour and save $2.

Spellbound at the Physick Estate, with the family inhabiting the 1879 Physick Estate mansion, decked out for Halloween. Estate is open at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26, and 7 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission is $18. Save $2 on a combination with the Halloween Tour of the Judson Bennett House.

Self-guided Halloween Tour of the Judson Bennett House, 835 Washington St., includes grounds and first floor. Tours at 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Admission is $10. Save $2 on a combination with Spellbound at the Physick Estate.

Madame Parmentier’s Psychic Teas, featuring the Psychic Twins, Adele and Allison, who work professionally as psychic mediums, educators and motivational speakers. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Admission is $40 per person and reservations are necessary.

Guide, psychic medium and ghost writer Craig McManus ‘Walk with the Ghost Writer.’ Craig talks about houses where he has sensed paranormal activity on this walking tour at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. $25 per person.

Phantoms of Cape May House Tour at 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 27, self-guided tour of some of Cape May’s Victorian properties decorated for Halloween. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12) and includes the Phantoms of the Physick Estate Tour.

Join Craig McManus, psychic medium and paranormal investigator, on a MAC trolley for ‘A Ride with the Ghost Writer’ at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Friday trolleys depart from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington Street at Ocean, and Saturday trolleys depart from the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. $25 per person.

Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour, hear a ghostly tale at the lighthouse with time to climb to the top, 8 p.m. Oct. 27. Tour leaves from the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12).

Tales of Terror Trolley Ride, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Ride leaves from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).

Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tours with Craig McManus, $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12), Oct. 26-28 and 31. Tour times vary. Trolleys depart from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington and Ocean streets, except for tours on Oct. 27 that depart from Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.

Ttrolley tour of some of Cape May’s regal Victorian residences, Historic Haunts Combo Tour, then guided tour of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., with a discussion of Victorian spiritualism. Offered 7:15 p.m. Oct. 26. $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12).

Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., Murder Mystery Dinner or Luncheon. The Impromptu Players invade the dining room and present ‘Foul Weather Fiend.’ Interact with the cast of likely suspects and try to solve the mystery as you enjoy a three-course luncheon or four-course dinner, 7 p.m. Oct. 27, admission $45. A Murder Mystery Luncheon is offered at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 and admission is $30. This is a limited event and reservations are necessary.

Scarecrow Alley on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Enjoy the scarecrow creations contributed by members of the community, local organizations and MAC staff competing for top honors and vote for your favorites through Nov. 4.

Treats for trick-or-treaters Oct. 31 on the porch of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate is from 5-7 p.m. and is free.

Wear purple Nov. 5 for Alzheimer’s awareness

The first Monday in November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Day in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association urges South Jersey residents to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease by wearing purple — the organization’s signature color — on Nov. 5.

Alzheimer’s is a devastating, debilitating neurological disorder that robs people of their cognitive abilities and ultimately their lives. There is no cure. There are 85,000 residents living with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder within the seven counties in South Jersey.

Pledge to wear purple on Nov. 5 to cast your vote to put an end to Alzheimer’s disease. To get educated about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, see alz.org/desjsepa or call 1-800-272-3900.

Free flu shots offered

The Cape May County Health Department is offering additional free flu shot clinics this month and in November.

Upcoming flu clinic dates include 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6, Dennis Township Municipal Hall, 571 Petersburg Road, Dennisville; 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6, St. John of God Parish Hall, 680 Town Bank Road, North Cape May; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10, Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Ave.

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

East Lynne hosting gala

The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company presents “The American Songbook” where all may test their skills with a Music Trivia Contest at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. Music will be performed live by Chris Sooy, Lew London, and Grace Wright, and winners receive prizes.

The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. At 6 p.m. is dinner, and at 7 p.m. the competition begins. The MCs for the evening are Mark Lang and Scott Eck. There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and the recipient of the Historic Jackson Street Neighborhood Association Scholarship Fund in the Name of Bob and Toni Green will be announced. Cost is $55.

The Theater Company is selling 50/50 Raffle tickets for $40 each, with the opportunity to win $3,600, $1,800, or $600, and purchasers don’t have to be present to win. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Checks should be made out to East Lynne Theater Company and mailed to ELTC’s office, 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204.

Reservations for the event can be made by calling East Lynne Theater Company at 609-884-5898 or via email at eastlynneco@aol.com. All proceeds go to East Lynne Theater Company to support the production season and educational outreach.

‘Messiah’ singalong set

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

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

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

Turkey drive under way

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

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

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

Quiet Festival set

Two Quiet Contests will be featured at Ocean City’s 10th annual Quiet Festival this year.

The Snore at the Shore will challenge one’s ability to fall asleep and snore. Participants will have the option of lying on a cot or sitting in a comfortable chair. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 10 in the Senior Center of the Ocean City Community Complex, 17th and Simpson Avenue. It is sponsored by NAP (the National Association of Tired People). Entry is free and prizes will be awarded.

The White Mice, Hamster and Guinea Pig Challenge will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Senior Center. These pets will be judged for their lack of energy, unusual sleeping positions and disinterest in their surroundings. There will also be prizes for costumes and decorated cages and layouts. An exercise wheel will be provided for any mouse or hamster that feels the need to abandon its instincts and work out.

Turtles and reptiles are welcome. There will be a special visit by the Turtle Singers. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded. Call 609-525-9300, email msoifer@hotmail.com. For a complete schedule of Quiet Festival events set for Nov. 7 to 11, call 609-525-9300.

Artists wanted for show

Artists are sought for the Ventnor Winter Fine Art and Craft Show, which will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 at the Ventnor City Cultural Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave.

This show is juried and space is limited. For information or an application, call 609-823-7952.

Online courses offered

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

Concentrations cover Business, Grant Writing/Nonprofits, Career Ideas, Career Development, Personal Enrichment, Test Preparation, Languages, Personal Finance, Personal Enrichment, Computer Applications and more. Most classes are $99. All students need to get started is Internet access, an email address and Web browser. Each course begins every six weeks and consists of 12 lessons, interactive quizzes, assignments, tutorials and online discussion areas.

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

Artists wanted for show

The annual Juried Art Show will take place at the Ocean City Arts Center through November.

Art will be received for judging through Oct. 26 at the center, 1735 Simpson Ave. Prizes are: Best of Show, $200; Second Place, $100; Third Place, $100; and Four Honorable Mentions at $50 each. Artists may submit as many as two works that have been completed in the past three years. Eligible media are watercolor, pastels, mixed media, drawing, and printmaking. All work must be wired and ready to hang. Art is also judged on the framing and presentation of the work. All work will be for sale. An awards ceremony will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9. The public is invited.

For more information or an application, oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628.

O.C. library to host free classic film series

The Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Avenue, is hosting a free classic film series for the fall and winter.

All films are shown in the library lecture hall from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The schedule includes: Nov.12: You Can’t Take it With You; Nov. 26: Arsenic And Old Lace; Dec. 10: It’s A Wonderful Life; Jan. 14: Obsession; Jan. 28: The Age of Innocence and Feb. 11: Roxanne; Feb. 25: The Color of Money.

Players sought for adult wiffle ball league

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department is accepting registration for its third annual adult wiffle ball league.

Games will be played Wednesday evenings beginning in late October. This year’s league will be split into two seasons, late October through early December and early March through late April. Players must be age 28 and older, no exceptions. Call 523-0202 for registration information.

Worship service for those with disabilities

The community is invited to a new, inclusive worship service adapted to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Avenue, in Ocean City, will be the first church in New Jersey to host monthly Rejoicing Spirits worship services, and will hold its first service at 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

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

Free mammograms offered

Atlantic Medical Imaging is offering the opportunity to receive a free screening mammogram in October to women who are uninsured, age 40 or older, and with no current or previous breast issues.

The goal of screening exams is to find cancers before they start to spread and cause symptoms. Breast cancers found early during screening exams are far more likely to be smaller and contained, greatly improving the chances of successful treatment. AMI will provide free mammograms to those who qualify at eight office locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean and Monmouth counties.

To schedule an appointment, call 609-677-9729 or see atlanticmedicalimaging.com.

Trail of Two Cities run set

The 17th Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk between Ocean City and Somers Point will take place at 8 a.m. Nov. 3 over the new, $400 million causeway recently completed between the two cities.

The race begins at the Ocean City Transportation Center, 10th and Haven Avenue, and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point. Runners compete in age groups from 9 years to 70 plus, male and female. Walkers can take in the sights, snap photos and enjoy a relaxed workout. No pets, skateboards, bikes or roller skates will be allowed because of insurance restrictions.

Pre-registration rate will be $25 if received by Oct. 26 and $30 the day of the race. No mail-ins will be accepted after Oct. 26. Immediate families of as many as four may register for a discounted price of $70. A separate registration form is required for each family. Same day registration starts 7 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center. Packet pickup and late entry will be conducted at the Transportation Center. Buses will be available at the JFK Park finish line in Somers Point to transport runners to the start before the race from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Buses also will transport runners back to Ocean City after the race.

Early registrants can pick up entry packets Nov. 2 at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. An awards ceremony will take place at JFK Park after all participants have completed the course. Shirts are guaranteed to first 300 registrants or while supplies last. Registration forms are available at the Community Services Offices, Room 214, second floor of City Hall in Ocean City, call 609-525-9300 or from New York Avenue School in Somers Point, call 609-927-2053, Ext. 3101. Registration forms can be emailed.

Call 609-525-9300 for more information.

Coat, food drive under way

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

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

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

Nominations sought

The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Outstanding Service Recognition Award. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge individuals, organizations and/or businesses for their various contributions to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities living in Cape May County. We are looking to recognize those who go above and beyond for individuals with disabilities. County employees are not eligible to be nominated.

To nominate a worthy candidate, request a Nomination Form from Paulann Pierson at 609-886-2784; email ppierson@co.cape-may.nj.us or go to the CMC Department of Aging and Disability Services home page on the county website co.cape-may.nj.us for a link to the form. Completed forms may be mailed to Paulann Pierson, Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services, 4 Moore Road, DN 620, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 or emailed to ppierson@co.cape-may.nj.us. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 25.

Disabilities awareness day set

The annual Community Disabilities Awareness Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Avalon Community Center, 30th and Beach, Avalon. This event is designed as a day of information, food, music and fun not only for people with disabilities but for all who are interested in the agencies and organizations that serve the citizens of Cape May County.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Fare-free transportation will be available to county residents who reserve a ride by Nov. 2. A Kids Corner is planned with activities to entertain children so their parents can speak with and collect disability-related information from the more than 50 exhibitors.

Cape Regional Medical Center’s Parish Nurse Program will be offering free blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings and other health information, the Cape May County Health Department will be giving free flu shots, and there will be an opportunity to sign up on the Special Needs Registry for Emergency Evacuation assistance.

Exhibitors will include representatives from local and state service agencies, civic organizations, support groups and commercial vendors specializing in products and services of particular interest to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information, contact Paulann Pierson at the Department of Aging & Disability Services at 609-886-2784.

Food drive under way

The New Jersey Society of CPAs Young CPAs are sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. The Young CPAs’ goal is to collect 100 bags of nonperishable items and canned goods.

The drive will conclude Nov. 16. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the following Atlantic and Cape May County locations now through Nov. 16: Friedman LLP, 327 Central Ave., Linwood; Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni and Kelly, 293 S. Shore Road, Marmora; Ford-Scott and Associates, 1309 Carleton Boulevard, Mays Landing; Capaldi, Reynolds and Pelosi, 332 Tilton Road, Northfield; Ford-Scott Associates, 1535 Haven Ave., Ocean City.

For more information, call Chandra D. Anaya at 609-646-8441, ext. 1008.

Cruise and crafts show planned

The inaugural Tuckahoe Cars, Cruise and Crafts Show will take place at from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at Amanda’s Field on Route 50 in Petersburg. A car cruise will start off the day at 9 a.m. and will include antiques, street rods, motorcycles and more. Registration forms and more information is available at TuckahoeNJ.com. Cost to register $20.

Those who register are not obligated to participate in the cruise. All vehicles that are to be judged should be in the lot by noon. Trophies will be awarded in 12 categories plus Judges’ Choice and Best in Show.

Vendors are invited to join for $20 per table. The fee on the day of the show is $25. Vendors can include arts and crafts, car-related products, collectibles, flea market vendors or swap meet vendors. Food vendors must call 609-628-2829 for pre-approval (leave a message). Vendor applications are available on the website.

Other activities include a Pumpkin Pie baking Contest, Decorated Pumpkin Contest for all ages, moon bounce for the children, live music from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and more. Admission is free, but the group is collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. For more information, call the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants’ Association at 609-628-2829.

Bus trip fundraiser set

People in Crisis, which helps those in need of medical assistance, will hold a bus trip fundraiser to Resorts Casino Hotel on Nov. 10. The trip will raise money to help two local residents with life-threatening illnesses.

Buses will pick up at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at Bellanova Dress Shop, 222 96th Street, Stone Harbor, and return at 6 p.m. There also will be a pickup 11:30 a.m. at the Ocean View Parking Lot. Round-trip fare is $30 and covers all costs. There will be refreshments from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bellanova. During this time, People in Crisis supporters can spin Bellanova’s wheel for special discounts. Some of the gifts include a $250 gift certificate from American Diving Supply for scuba diving classes, a $50 gift certificate from Bellanova, a gift certificate from Denuzio’s in Sea Isle City and a $100 gift certificate from Coastal Design Outlet in Ocean View.

For information and tickets, call 609-334-8718 or email Joan Maddox at eastcoastdiving@aol.com.

Theater company offers classes

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will offer shows and classes this fall. The lineup includes programs designed for the youngest students as an introduction to the performing arts, as well as classes for students with an extensive performing arts background.

Below are classes that are still open. Enrollment is limited. To sign up or for more information, email info@oceancitytheatrecompany.com, call 609-398-1118 or download the 2012 registration packet from the education page at oceancitytheatrecompany.com

Classes include: Creating a character through song, Oct. 28, class will focus on creating a believable musical theatre character through song; Private Voice Coaching, experience one-on-one private singing lessons to perfect vocal technique and singing skills with trained music instructors who have experience working to prepare for college auditions, school singing, musical theater, classical music and choral works; Private acting coaching for sixth to 12th grades, experience one-on-one private acting lessons to perfect acting technique with trained instructors who have experience working to prepare for college auditions and school auditions; Fully Staged Holiday Production, children grades three to eight, Yours Truly, Jack Frost will be feature a cast of young actors in a chance to spread the spirit of the season, auditions/rehearsals begin Nov. 4 with shows on Dec. 22, fee $175.

Reassurance calls offered

The volunteers at CONTACT Cape-Atlantic offer free daily phone calls to say hello and check that all is well to help the disabled, elderly, and isolated citizens of Atlantic and Cape May counties who want to continue living independently. Anyone interested in receiving CONTACT calls, or who know someone who might be, call Jennifer Goudie at 609-823-0762 in Atlantic County or 609-463-4564 in Cape May County.

MAC offers programs for schools

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

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

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

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

Pajamas wanted

The Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey is hosting a PJ Roundup.

They are asking for donations of new pajamas/gowns to be distributed to the needy during the upcoming Holiday Season. Drop off your donations from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Wildwood Housing Authority, 3700 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood. Pajamas for all age and gender groups are needed. No used clothing will be accepted.

For information, call Ruth at 267-207-5681.

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers needed

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

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

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

College to offer non-credit training

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

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

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

Rotary offers study abroad scholarships

Local Rotary clubs in South Jersey are offering study abroad scholarships for about eight high school students, ages 15½ to 18½, who are interested in studying for a full year in a foreign country during the 2012-13 school year.

Students must apply by Nov. 10. Applicants are screened for study in one of 42 foreign countries. If selected, the students will travel abroad in July or August 2013. The exchange can be done during high school or after graduation, but before college. There are no language requirements for most countries and credits earned abroad can usually be transferred to New Jersey high schools. Successful applicants will spend a year living with a family abroad and studying in the local high school. Applicants should be well adjusted, enjoy family relationships, possess an inquiring mind and be interested in their own environment, the world and its problems. Expenses, when compared with other exchange or travel programs, are modest. Parents are responsible for providing roundtrip airfare, insurance and extra spending money. The host Rotary Club will provide housing, board, schooling, monthly spending money and parental supervision.

Contact Alfia DeKovacs, Rotary District 7640 student exchange chairperson, at 856-694-1884 or alfia732@aol.com, or Jack Kammer, outbound coordinator, at 609-898-9134. See exchangestudent.org.

Arts league hosts monthly shows

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

The show schedule is as follows: November, Anything Goes, reception Nov. 9; December, Petite, reception Dec. 14; January, Judges Show, reception Jan. 11. For more information, call 609-814-0308.

College offers career training courses

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

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

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

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

Dennis Twp. offers services for special-needs students

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

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

Sponsors sought for First Night

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

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

College offers development workshop

Atlantic Cape Community College offers a professional development workshops this fall for people interested in enhancing their skill sets to advance their careers. Recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies in TIPs Certification from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., section begins Oct. 27.

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

Low cost shingles vaccine available

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

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

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

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

County high school has student openings

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

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

School registering students

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

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

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

‘On the Wings’ exhibit open

The “On the Wings” exhibit is on at the Cape May Bird Observatory and will run through Oct. 30.

It features historic illustrations, decorative New Jersey decoys, contemporary prints, collectible bird books, refurbished antique furniture and hand-woven reed baskets. The Cape May Bird Observatory is located at 600 Route 47 N. in Goshen. Call 609-861-0700.

Dog of Year contest set

The Dog of the Year Contest is under way in Ocean City. Photos of the contestants are on view in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace and at Stainton’s, Eighth Street and Asbury Avenue, by the back door vestibule. Drop some money in the container for your favorite or favorites. Containers are located at various stores in Ocean City.

The winner will be named on Oct. 28 during a get together at the Port O’ Call, 15th and Boardwalk. There will also be a Halloween Costume Contests which your dog is invited to enter. All proceeds benefit the Ocean City Dog Park. For more information, call 609-525-9300.

Angelus chorus seeks members

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

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

Stone Harbor police to run for charity

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

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

New volunteer group formed

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

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

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

PAC plans ‘Jersey Joys’ series

The Performing Arts Center of Middle Township has announced that it will soon initiate a “Jersey Joys” series featuring professional performers and theatrical companies based in New Jersey, a special series as PAC enters its 20th year. Linda Gentille, of Upper Township, will return with her Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra on Nov. 17. On Dec. 9, the New Jersey Ballet will return for its annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Ticket prices vary. Call 609-463-1924.

Volunteers sought for tax program

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

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

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

Stone Harbor residents can sign up for emergency calls

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

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

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

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

College offers training programs

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

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

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

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

Head Start seeks preschoolers

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

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

Scholarship available

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

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

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

Book clubs offered

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

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

For more information, call 609-463-6350.

Fresh Air Home seeks aid

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

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

Cape May Stage 2012 season under way

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

‘The Belle of Amherst’ by William Luce to Oct. 27.

‘Poe, Times Two’ by Greg Oliver Bodine, Oct. 31-Nov. 16.

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

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

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

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).

Counseling offered in Wildwood

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

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