Saturday, Dec. 3

INTERNATIONAL SHOPPING BOUTIQUE: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4; St. Augustine Prep, 611 Cedar Ave., Richland; includes gifts from Nepal, Lebanon, India, Thailand and Haiti.

CAPE MAY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; handmade crafts, gifts, ornaments, fresh wreaths, homemade soups, chili, sandwiches; Episcopal Church of the Advent Parish hall, 612 Franklin St., Cape May. 609-884-3065.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & GOURMET CUPBOARD: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; decorations, ornaments, wall hangings, doll clothes and more; First Presbyterian Church of Tuckerton, 210 E. Main St. 609-296-8894 or

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOURS: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; self-guided walking tours featuring homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays; Christmas caroling, strolling musicians; Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, $30, $20. 609-884-5404. CHRISTMAS CRAFT, BAKE & SOUP SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; vendors, bake sale, homemade soup, handmade gifts, cookie contest; United Methodist Church, 111 Corson Tavern Road, South Seaville. 856-340-0772.

DICKENS OF A HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; annual craft fair with two floors of crafters; benefits the Atlantic County Library Foundation; Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing. 609-625-2776.

HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW AT THE SHEEP FARM: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4; rain or shine; North Country Knits, 551 Hands Mill Road, Belleplain. 609-861-0328.

HOLIDAY WATERCOLOR CARD WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; create your own watercolor holiday greeting cards; Wildwood Crest Library, 6300 Atlantic Ave. 609-463-6386.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; handmade crafts, gourmet foods, baked goods; Senior Center, 641 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor Township. 609-812-0325.

PATCONG VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4; 40 Fir Ave. and Route 40, Buena Vista Township. 856-308-8309.

SHORELINE MODEL RAILROAD HOLIDAY DISPLAY: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1; Atlantic Christian School, 391 Zion Road, annex building 2, Egg Harbor Township. 609-641-5315.

SOMERS POINT HOLIDAY PORCH PERFORMANCE: 6 to 8:30 p.m.; “A Christmas Carol” by the Riddlesbrood Players; each act performed on porches at different locations: 37 Somers Ave.; 829 Bay Ave.; 21 Delaware Ave. and Gregory’s Restaurant, 900 Shore Road; free. 609-653-4991.

TINSEL & TREASURE MERCHANT MART: 1:30 to 5 p.m.; arts and crafts, holiday gifts, clothing and more; fire house, 2006 Central Ave., Ship Bottom. 609-207-6051.

HOSPITALITY NIGHT AT SMITHVILLE: 6 to 8 p.m.; music, food tastings, discounts; Historic Smithville & Village Greene, 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Galloway Township. 609-748-8999.

Sunday, Dec. 4

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; local social service organizations display their information, make a donation and receive cards to give as holiday gifts to family and friends; Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church, 2116 Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Township. 609-788-0271 or

CAPE MAY FERRY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9 and 10:30 a.m.; buffet breakfast, meet and greet with Santa and Christmas storytime; Cape May-Lewes Ferry, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May, $17 adults, $13 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger. 800-643-3779 or

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; hosted by the Mothers’ Guild of Holy Spirit High School; crafts, homemade food and gifts; Holy Spirit High School, 500 S. New Road, Absecon.

CRAFT AND VENDOR CORNER: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; sponsored by Cedar Creek High School dance program; 1701 New York Ave., Egg Harbor City.

SLOW FOOD HOLIDAY MARKET: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; hosted by Slow Food South Jersey Shore; speakers, cooking demonstrations, raffle; Windy Acres Farm, 153 Main St., Cape May Court House, $3 donation.

Monday, Dec. 5

FREE GED/HSE CLASSES: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays through April 25; helps prepare for the high school equivalency exam; Oceanside Family Success Center, 201 Melrose Ave., Atlantic City. 609-236-8800.

KNITTING: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; meet and share knitting techniques; Public Library, 235 32nd St., Avalon. 609-967-7155 or

LINE DANCING: 7 to 9 p.m. every other Monday through Dec. 19; all welcome; Martin Bloom Pavilion, Huntington Avenue and the beach, Margate, $7. 609-822-2285.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

COLLEGE INFORMATIONAL SESSION: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; presented by Members of Ocean County College and Atlantic Cape Community College; informational session on how students go about applying for college; Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township. 609-294-1197 or

CREATE A ROUND REED BASKET: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; supplies provided; taught by Bette R. McCarron; Public Library, 4800 Central Ave., Sea Isle City, $10. 609-463-6386 or

ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP: 7 to 8 p.m.; conversations will be on a variety of topics; geared to adults new to speaking English; Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township. 609-294-1197 or

FRONT PORCH HOLIDAY SLOT TOURNAMENT: noon to 1:30 p.m.; presented by the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center; benefits support services for women in need; participants will play for 5 minutes; slot tournament area located by the food court, Resorts Casino Hotel, Boardwalk and North Carolina Avenue, Atlantic City, $25. 609-653-4646 or

HISTORY BOOK CLUB: 6 to 7:30 p.m.; title for December “Brave Companions” by David McCullough; Public Library, 235 32nd St., Avalon, registration requested. 609-967-7155 or

ON-LINE TRAINING FOR UNEMPLOYED: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 13; free on-line seminars for the unemployed; topics include: Unemployed, Now What?, Career Skills, Job Search Skills, 21st Century Resume’s, Unemployment to Entrepreneurship, and more; T.Byrd Center, 1501 S. New Road, Pleasantville, free, reservations required. 609-484-9356 or

PINELANDS K-9 CLUB DOG TRAINING SESSIONS: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 13; open to all dogs; classes for puppies, beginners and competitive obedience training; Atlantic County 4-H Center, 3210 Route 50, Hamilton, $120. 609-432-9447 or

RECYCLED VINTAGE HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; open to all; take recycled holiday cards and make ornaments to hang on your tree; Atlantic County Library, 33 Martin L. King Jr. Ave., Pleasantville. 609-641-1778 or

WALK-IN JOB SKILLS HELP: 2 to 4 p.m.; open to adults; Reference Center staff assists you with job searches, updating a resume or completing online employment applications; Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing. 609-625-2776 or

Wednesday, Dec. 7

CHANGING STORY OF RETIREMENT: 4 to 5:30 p.m.; open to adults; Marc Catona, president of the Society for Financial Awareness, helps illuminate the opportunities and challenges that await retirees; Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, registration requested. 609-652-2352 or

INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; 3-week session; open to adults and teens; class size is limited; explore American Sign Language with Marcus Cruz; Atlantic County Library System/Mays Landing, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing, registration required. 609-625-2776 or

‘YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ NEXT’ BOOK CLUB: 7 to 8 p.m.; open to adults and teens; Buena Community Reading Center, 125 Weymouth Road, Buena. 609-625-2776 or

Thursday, Dec. 8

A NOVEL IDEA BOOK CLUB: 10:30 a.m. to noon second Thursdays through Dec. 8; open to adults; tea and cookies; Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-652-2352 or

CAPE ASSIST TREE OF HOPE EVENT: 6 to 9 p.m.; inspirational tree lighting and holiday reception hosted by Cape Assist; dedicate an ornament and keep the flame of hope alive for those who have been touched by addiction; Cape Assist, 3819 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood, $10-$100 ornaments. 609-522-5960 or

FRIENDS OF THE LINWOOD ARBORETUM MEETING: 6 p.m. second Thursdays, Linwood Arboretum, 1410 Wabash Ave., Linwood. 609-338-9305 or

HOLIDAY CANDY WREATH: 6 to 7:30 p.m.; open to adults; create a holiday wreath that’s also a sweet treat; Atlantic County Library, 201 S. 15th St., Brigantine, $2 materials fee, registration required. 609-266-0110 or

MAKE A QUILT: 1 to 3 p.m.; open to adults; get together with some experienced quilters and take part in this historic art form; Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, registration requested. 609-823-4614 or

UPCYCLING PROGRAM: 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Melinda Devonshire will teach participants how to make fun, festive ornaments out of recycled materials; for adults; supplies provided; Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, registration required. 856-794-4244, ext. 4243 or

WORKSHOP: EFFECTIVELY DEALING WITH CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS IN YOUTH: 6:30 to 8 p.m.; hosted by Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield Campus; “Effectively Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in Youth,” presented by Dr. “Buzz” Mingin; Y.A.L.E. School Northfield Campus, 1000 Burton Ave., Northfield, free, registration required. 609-677-9960, ext. 100 or

Saturday, Dec. 10

CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOURS: 3 to 7 p.m.; 30th Christmas Candlelight House Tour hosted by The Mauricetown Historical Society; features ten private homes; craft fair held in conjunction with tour; begins at the Historical Society, 1229 Front St., Mauricetown (Cumberland County), $20, advance purchased required. 856-421-3025 or

COOKIE WALK: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Grace Lutheran Church’s 9th Annual Cookie Walk; home baked cookies, apple pies and other treats for sale; crafters, vendors, decadent hot chocolate; cookies are $8 per pound; Grace Lutheran Church, 11 East Dawes Ave., Somers Point. 609-233-4156.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

SCRABBLE: 5:45 to 7:45 p.m.; second and fourth Monday of each month; Public Library, 235 32nd St., Avalon. 609-967-7155 or

Friday, Dec. 16

LIVE NATIVITY AND PETTING ZOO: 6:30 p.m.; narrative of the traditional Christmas story featuring actors and live animals; children may pet the animals after the show; complimentary hot chocolate and cookies; hosted by First United Methodist Church; Memorial Park, Route 50 and Main Street, Mays Landing; free. 609-625-9446.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB: 6:15 to 8 p.m.; for teens and adults; “Letters from Skye” by Jessica Brockmole; Atlantic County Library, 801 Shore Road, Somers Point, free. 609-927-7113 or

Dining out

Friday, Dec. 2

BEER DINNER: 5:30 to 10 p.m.; five-course dinner with beer pairings provided by Cape May Brewery; Cape May-Lewes Ferry, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May, $59. 800-643-3779 or

VFW FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS: 5 to 8 p.m.; stuffed cabbage; VFW Post 6257, 556 Woodbine Ave., Belleplain, $10. 609-861-2298.

Saturday, Dec. 3

CAPE MAY COUNTY ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION BREAKFAST: 9 to 10:30 a.m.; all branches of active and retired military welcome; Villas Diner, 2100 Bayshore Road, Villas. 609-729-1596.

HOAGIE AND SOUP SALE: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Italian and meatball hoagies, $7; homemade soups $7 per quart; VFW Post 6257, 556 Woodbine Ave., Belleplain. 609-861-2298.

MINI-BREAKFAST: 9 a.m to noon first Saturdays; open to all; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Route 9 and Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township, free. 609-296-3585.

Sunday, Dec. 4

SUPPER WITH SANTA: 2 to 6 p.m.; homemade pasta and meatballs, rolls, salad and dessert; Cape Trinity Catholic School, 15th Street and Central Avenue, North Wildwood; $10 adults, $5 kids. 609-522-2704.

Monday, Dec. 5

CHRISTMAS/INSTALLATION DINNER: 5:30 p.m.; hosted by the Absecon Historical Society; live music by pianist Bud Noble; Gourmet Italian Cuisine & Pizzeria, 324 S. Pitney Road, Galloway Township, $25. 609-457-6082.

Saturday, Dec. 10

HOLIDAY DINNER AND PICTURES WITH SANTA: 4 to 7 p.m.; hosted by V.F.W Auxiliary Post #8089; unwrapped toys welcome for Toys for Tots; V.F.W Auxiliary Post #8089, 3029 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township, $10, free ages 8 and younger. 609-645-1395.


Friday, Dec. 2

HOWLIDAY YAPPY HOUR: 5 to 7 p.m.; benefits Atlantic County SPCA; Happy Hour, raffles; Gregory’s Bar & Restaurant, 900 Shore Road, Somers Point, $5. 609-432-4503 or

Sunday, Dec. 4

MANNA AT THE SHORE BENEFIT: 6 to 9 p.m.; hosted by MANNA at the Shore; event features signature dishes from 30 of the region’s finest restaurants; Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield, $125. 609-641-3600 or

For youth

Saturday, Dec. 3

BUILD YOUR OWN GINGERBREAD HOUSE: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; supplies and refreshments provided; Cold Spring Presbyterian Church/Price Hall, Academy and Seashore roads, Cold Spring, free, registration required. 609-884-4065.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRITTERS: 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Christmas party with State Park animals; meet and touch all kinds of creatures; holiday puppet show; crafts, cookies and juice; for ages 3 to 12; Cape May Point State Park, Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point, $3 kids, free parents. 609-884-2159.

COOKIES WITH SANTA: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; cookies, juice/milk, crafts, picture opportunities; Laureldale Fire/Rescue, 2657 Route 50, Mays Landing. 609-204-1393.

MAKE AN ORNAMENT: 11 a.m. to noon; for ages 6 to 12; make an ornament to hang in your home; Atlantic County Library, 1 Swift Ave., Egg Harbor Township, registration required. 609-927-8664 or

MAVERICK ART STUDIO KIDS POTTERY WORKSHOP: 1 to 4 p.m.; kids will work with clay and glaze their own ornaments; supplies included; Maverick Art Studio, 106 N. Main St., Cape May Court House, $35. 609-465-9500 or

Sunday, Dec. 4

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8 to 11 a.m.; hosted by The Belleplain VFW Post 6257; 556 Woodbine Ave., Belleplain, $7 adults, $5 kids, free ages 2 and younger. 609-861-2298.

KIDZ CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: 4 to 5 p.m.; ages 4 to 12 are invited to Kidz Christmas Celebration; hour of games, prizes and a special Christmas story; Crossroads Fellowship, 101 N. First St., Pleasantville. 609-407-1750 or

Tuesday, Dec. 6

FURRY BUDDIES: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; for ages 6 to 14; read a story to therapy dogs, Cavan, Freedom, and Erin; Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing. 609-625-2776 or

HOLIDAY STORY & ORNAMENT CRAFT: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; for ages 3 1/2 to 7; enjoy a special holiday story and create an old-fashioned applesauce ornament; Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing, registration requested. 609-625-2776 or

SING OUT LOUD IN YOUR HOLIDAY JAMMIES: 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.; for ages 2 1/2 and older; wear your jammies for cookies, hot chocolate, fun holiday stories and joyful music with Grandfather Joe; Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-2352 or

‘YOU CAN’T CATCH ME’: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; grab a seat and follow the Gingerbread Man for some stories and craft fun; for ages 2 to 8; Ocean County Library, 380 Bay Ave., Tuckerton, registration required. 609-296-1470 or

Wednesday, Dec. 7

DECORATE GINGERBREAD ZOMBIES: 6 to 7 p.m.; for ages 7 and older; listen to stories about gingerbread men, then decorate your own gingerbread cookie zombie; Atlantic County Library, 125 Weymouth Road, Buena. 609-625-2776 or

MEDICAL EXPLORERS: 5:30 to 7 p.m. first Wednesdays; for high school students interested in medical careers; Shore Medical Center, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point. 609-653-3724.

Monday, Dec. 12

PARENT AND TOT CLASSES: 10 to 11 a.m. second Mondays of the month; provides parents an opportunity to socialize with other new parents while kids experience a fun activity, develop fine motor skills and foster creativity; classes designed for ages 2 and younger; Milton and Betty Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, free. 609-822-1167, ext. 130 or

Monday, Dec. 19

EXPLORER POST FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CAREERS: 5:30 to 7 p.m.; fourth Thursdays through May 25; for high school students to learn about environmental career fields; ACUA Recycling Center, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township. 609-272-6950 or

Friday, Dec. 23

STEAM FRIDAYS: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. fourth Friday of the month, children will enjoy experimenting, designing, building, computing and crafting each month, Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City, free. 609-345-2269, ext. 3050 or or


Tuesday, Dec. 6

AL-ANON FAMILY: 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 27; support group for people whose loved ones suffer from alcoholism; St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Ave., Ocean City, free. 888-944-5678 or

CURE MINISTRY GRIEF SUPPORT: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; Lighthouse Church, 1248 Route 9 South, Cape May Court House, free. 609-778-2009 or

JERSEY CAPE WRITERS MONTHLY MEETING: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. first Tuesdays; come with ten copies of a piece of writing you’d like to share; receive constructive comments on your work; Cape May County Library, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. 609-231-3959 or 609-463-6386 or

NICOTINE ANONYMOUS: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; fellowship of men and women helping each other to live free of Nicotine; St. Marks and All Saints Church, 429 S. Pitney Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-204-4472 or 609-226-4193.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 6:45 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, 61 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-703-0733 or

Wednesday, Dec. 7

GALLOWAY CAREGIVER SUPPORT: 10 a.m. first and third Wednesdays; for individuals caring for a child, spouse, sibling, parents or friend; resources, coping skills, self-care and support; offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County in partnership with the Cape Atlantic Caregiver Coalition; Royal Inn Suites, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-652-3800, ext. 301 or

‘GOT TOO MUCH STUFF?’: 1 to 2 p.m. first and third Wednesdays; helps individuals understand why people acquire/hold on to too many possessions and learn ways to support a healthier lifestyle; Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway Township, free. 609-652-3800, ext. 303 or

Monday, Dec. 12

VENTNOR AARP CHAPTER 1724: 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. second Mondays; for seniors who live in Atlantic County; featured speakers each month; Ventnor Nutrition Site, 6500 Atlantic Ave., free. 609-266-7129.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

ITALIAN CULTURE: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; second Wednesday of the month; meet with others interested in learning more about Italian art, music, architecture, history, lifestyles; Public Library, 235 32nd St., Avalon, free. 609-967-7155 or

Thursday, Dec. 15

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP: 3 p.m. third Thursdays through December; Bacharach Cardiac Support group; for those affected by a cardiac event, including survivors, caregivers, family and friends; Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, 61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, free. 609-652-7000, ext. 2091 or

NAACP GENERAL MEETING: 6:30 to 8 p.m. third Thursdays; monthly meeting; discussing branch’s future events; new members welcome; 33 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Pleasantville, free. 609-415-0275 or

Health, fitness

Monday, Dec. 5

OSTEO-EXERCISE FOR SENIORS: 10 a.m. Mondays; lunch available following workouts if you call ahead; Senior Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, $1. 609-822-9329.

QIGONG TAI CHI: 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays; Tai Chi and Qigong exercises are simple and unhurried movements requiring no weights, extra equipment, or special clothing; Stone Harbor Recreation, 8100 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, free. 609-463-6386.

SIT COMBO CARDIO MOVES FOR PHYSICALLY DISABLED PEOPLE: 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays; teaches techniques that increase movement and strength; for individuals who cannot stand and need exercises to help build strength; taught by Tammy Decker; Lower Cape Branch Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas, free. 609-463-6386.

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mondays, Stone Harbor Recreation Center, 8100 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, free. 609-463-6386.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS WORKSHOPS: 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 20; Miller Chiropractic Wellness Center, 22 S. Main St., Pleasantville, free. 609-383-9121.

PILATES YOGA FUSION: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays; system of exercises involving precision and control; taught by Kathleen Jespersen; Lower Cape Branch Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas, free. 609-463-6386.

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS: 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Stone Harbor Recreation Center, 8100 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, free. 609-463-6386.

ZUMBA: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 7; Latin dance-inspired fitness class; taught by Kellie Wood, owner of Woody’s Surf and Skate in Rio Grande; Cape May Court House Library, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House, free. 609-463-6386.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

‘CANCER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT UPDATES’: 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Gildas Club meeting with presentation by Julianne Childs, DO, FACOI, and Marvin Hyett, MD, Gynecologist; Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 700 New Road, Linwood, registration required. 609-926-2699 or

COMMUNITY STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: 2 to 4 p.m. first Wednesdays; meetings alternate between Bacharach and AtlantiCare Life Center at English Creek; Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, 61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, and AtlantiCare Life Center, 2500 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township; free. 609-652-7000, ext. 5430.

WELLNESS PROGRAM: noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Dec. 7 through 23; wellness program for adults age 51 and older in Cape May County; teaches participants how to make healthy lifestyle choices, factors and behaviors they should avoid to stay healthy, safe practices regarding alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and simple tools to take charge of their own healthcare; Cape Assist Learning Center, 3819 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood, pre-registration required. 609-522-5960.

Thursday, Dec. 8

LIVING AT THE SHORE WITH LYMPHEDEMA: 7 to 8:30 p.m.; join Jennifer Brooks, PT, for educational sessions on lymphedema management; Second Floor Conference Room, Shore Medical Center, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point, registration requested. 609-653-3512.

Monday, Dec. 12

NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT MEETINGS: 7 to 9 p.m. second Monday of the month; hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness; open to the public; supportive and stigma free discussion group to help family members of those with mental illness; Absecon United Methodist Church, W. Church Street and Pitney Road, Absecon, free. 609-927-0215 or

Tuesday, Dec. 13

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP: 5:15 to 8 p.m., second Tuesdays; for family members and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia; learn about resources, find strategies for dealing with a loved one with memory loss, and meet others in similar circumstances; meetings are lead by Jamie Rudy, CDP, CSW; Seashore Gardens Living Center, 22 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-404-4848.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

FITNESS DAY: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. second Wednesdays through December; enjoy a healthy snack and meet staff; multidisciplinary practice promoting health, wellness and lifestyle modifications; Specialty Medconsultants, 6725 Ventnor Ave., Suite C, Ventnor, free admission. 609-350-6780.


Friday, Dec. 2

CHRIS O’LEARY BAND: 7:30 to 10 p.m.; Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 E. Main St., Tuckerton, $28, $35. 609-389-0118 or

JOYFUL RINGERS CONCERT: holiday performances by the Joyful Ringers of First Presbyterian Church; 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Cape May Court House Library, 30 Mechanic St.; 1 p.m. Dec. 5, Cape May City Library, 110 Ocean St.; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Lower Cape Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas; noon Dec. 7, Sea Isle City Library, 4800 Central Ave.; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Stone Harbor Library, 9508 Second Ave.; 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Wildwood Crest Library, 6300 Atlantic Ave.; 1 p.m. Dec. 10, Upper Cape Library, 2050 Route 631, Petersburg; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10 Woodbine Library, 800 Monroe Ave. 609-463-6386 or

MAINLAND CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; accompanied by the Atlantic County Pops; Christ Episcopal Church, 157 Shore Road, Somers Point, free-will offering taken. 609-432-7876.

PETER MAYER CONCERT: 8 to 11 p.m.; benefits the Stacy Moore Hagan Memorial Estuarine Internship; Campus Center Theater, Stockton University, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $20 advance, $25 at the door, $10 students with ID. 609-296-9150 or

Sunday, Dec. 4

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 3 p.m.; St. John’s United Church Annual Christmas Concert; features soprano Anjanette Christy, harpist Stephanie Sussmeier, pianist Chad Kemp, and organist Joseph Rohr; refreshments following concert; St. John’s, 307 London Ave., Egg Harbor City, free. 609-703-4288.

Monday, Dec. 5

RHYTHM & SOUND DOO WOP: 7 to 8:30 p.m.; sing and dance along with Rhythm ‘N Sound; holiday concert of Doo Wop and Rock ‘N Roll classics; Ocean County Library, 380 Bay Ave., Tuckerton, registration required. 609-296-1470 or

SOUTH JERSEY AREA WIND ENSEMBLE HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7:30 to 9 p.m.; “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” concert; Christmas music favorites like “Sleigh Ride”, “The Polar Express” and “Let There Be Peace of Earth”; singers, dancers, lights, video and special effects; Performing Arts Center, Stockton University, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $17. 609-652-9000 or

Tuesday, Dec. 6

ED GOLDBERG AND THE ODESSA KLEZMER BAND: 7 p.m.; concert featuring Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band, sponsored by the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Library; Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township. 609-294-1197 or

Wednesday, Dec. 7

BILL KIRCHEN’S HONKY TONK HOLIDAY SHOW: 7:30 to 10 p.m.; American guitarist, singer and songwriter; The Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 E. Main St., Tuckerton, $25, $30. 609-389-0118 or


Friday, Dec. 2

TORAH CLASS: 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.; “Truth or Consequences — Is It Ever Okay to Lie?”; Chai Center, 6605 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. 609-822-8500.

Sunday, Dec. 4

CANDLELIGHT AND COMMUNTION SERVICE: 5 p.m.; featuring Quenna Martin in concert; Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Fernwood and Columbia avenues, Pleasantville; all welcome. 609-641-4342.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE: 2 to 3:30 p.m.; 224th anniversary service; Rev. Dave Bailey, renowned speaker and Founder of Ranch Hope will bring the Christmas message; Christmas hymns, cookies, hot cider; Historic Head of the River M.E. Church, Route 49 and Head of the River Road, Estell Manor. 609-525-4220.

THE GIFT: A HOLIDAY PRESENTATION: 6:30 to 8 p.m.; presentation revealing the mystery and significance of the Gifts of Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh that were given to the Christ Child at His birth; Evangel Assembly Of God, 1100 Route 50, Mays Landing. 609-625-2241 or

Tuesday, Dec. 6

ADULT BIBLE STUDY CLASS: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through June; taught by Father George Liacopulos; call ahead to confirm schedule for that night; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 7004 Ridge Ave., Egg Harbor Township, free. 609-653-8092, ext. 5 or

Friday, Dec. 16

SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7 p.m.; Holy Innocents Church, Marine Street, Beach Haven; holiday organ music; reception following service. 609-492-7571.

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AMERICAN MUSIC THEATRE BUS TRIP: Dec. 2; bus trip to American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA to see the Christmas Show “Winter Wonderland”; 8:45 a.m. departure from Church of the Holy Spirit, 220 E. Main St., Tuckerton; includes lunch buffet at Shady Maple, bus fare and ticket to show; $100. 609-296-9618.

CHOCOLATE LOVERS TOUR: 10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2; guided tour of Michel Cluizel, Chocolate Museum & Store; tasting, light lunch; sponsored by the City of Absecon Community Affairs Committee; Absecon American Legion Post 28, parking lot, New Jersey Avenue, Absecon, $65. 609-646-4490 or 609-383-1010.

TRIP TO BETHLEHEM, PA: Dec. 3; trip to Christmas markets in Bethlehem, PA; hosted by Ocean City Order of the Eastern Star; Trinity Methodist Church, Route 9 North, Beesleys Point (Marmora), $90. 609-545-0757.

RESORTS CASINO BUS TRIP: 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. third Monday of the month; hosted by the Manahawkin Senior Social Club; Moose Lodge Parking Lot, 120 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, $25. 609-597-5222.