Events

Monday, Jan. 15

ABSECON LIGHTHOUSE 161ST BIRTHDAY BASH: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. free lighthouse climbs, 1 p.m. free slice of birthday cake from The Bake Works bakery; Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City. 609-449-1360 or visit abseconlighthouse .org.

‘A BETTER ME’ INFORMATION TABLE: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; focuses on transportation, housing, resumes, personal cleanliness, quitting smoking, rehabilitation, STD education, prenatal care and child care; hosted by the Cumberland County Health Department; Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, free. 856-794-4244 or VinelandLibrary .org.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE GAME: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Mondays; all levels welcome; Our Lady of the Angels Church Hall, 35 E. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. 609-442-0650

Tuesday, Jan. 16

LEH VIDEO GAMERS CLUB: 6 to 8 p.m.; for adults; discuss and play your favorite games; Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township. 609-294-1197 or TheOceanCountyLibrary .org.

BASICS OF A SUCCESSFUL RETIREMENT: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; presented by financial planner Ken Kelly; Public Library, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

VEGAN SHOWCASE DINNER: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; three appetizers, six entrees and two desserts; The Nizam’s Authentic Indian Cuisine, 6666 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, $37. 856-694-2887 or AmericanVegan .org.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

ADULT COLORING: 2 to 3 p.m.; Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township. 609-294-1197.

ALL BREED DOG SHOW: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Jan. 21; hosted by Boardwalk Kennel Club; Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, $8 adults, $5 senior citizens, $2 ages 12 and younger. WildwoodsNJ.com.

CRAFTY PLANNING: 5 to 6 p.m. third Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon fourth Thursdays; work on your planner, swap stickers and share design ideas; Cumberland County Library, 800 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton. 856-453-2210 or CCLNJ.org.

MEMOIR WRITING: 11 a.m. to noon; learn how to put experiences into the written word; Public Library, 2305 Atlantic Ave., Longport. 609-487-7403 or longportnj.gov/library.

Dining out

Monday, Jan. 15

SOUP NIGHT: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. third Mondays through April; Elwood United Methodist Church, 422 Elwood Road, Hammonton. 609-204-1181.

Fundraisers

Monday, Jan. 15

CLOTHING DRIVE: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties; JR’s Fresh Market, 3121 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township. BBBSAtlanticCape.org.

Saturday, Feb. 3

WOMEN’S CLUB BINGO: 7 p.m., Seaville Fire Rescue Social Hall, 36 Route 50, Upper Township; doors open 6 p.m.; benefits Country Shore Women’s Club; $30, must be 18 or older. 609-628-3285.

For kids

Monday, Jan. 15

FUNNY FARM RESCUE AT THE MALL: 2 to 4 p.m.; learn about the animal rescue organization; story about “Farley the Funny Farm Dog”; Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. 609-382-4728 or ShopHamilton .com.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

YEAR OF THE DOG CRAFT: 2 to 4 p.m.; Chinese New Year drop-in craft for all ages; Ocean County Library, 380 Bay Ave., Tuckerton. 609-296-1470.

Groups

Monday, Jan. 15

ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS: 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays; Trinity United Mehodist Church, 20 Route 9, Marmora. 609-432-4177 or AdultChildren.org.

AL-ANON FAMILY: 11 a.m. to noon Mondays; United Methodist Church, 100 Pitney Road, Absecon, free. 856-547-0855 or NJ-Al-Anon.org.

WOMAN’S CLUB MEETING: 1 to 2:30 p.m.; guest speaker; The Woman’s Club of Vineland, 677 S. Main Road, Vineland. 856-696-3944.

YOUNG ADULTS WITH ANXIETY/DEPRESSION: 6 to 7:15 p.m. third Mondays; peer-run group for individuals ages 20 to 30 who live with anxiety and/or depression; Allies in Caring, 18 Central Ave., Hammonton. 609-652-3800 or MHAAC.info.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

CELIAC/GLUTEN FREE SUPPORT GROUP: 7 to 8:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, Atlantic Gastro Office, 3205 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township. 609-241-8382 or AtlanticGastro.com.

JERSEY CAPE WRITERS: 10 a.m. to noon third Tuesdays through Dec. 18; share your writing in a friendly supportive environment; Public Library, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

‘BE THERE OR BE SQUARE’ BOOK CLUB: 7 to 9 p.m. third Wednesdays; open to adults; Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-2352 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: 10 to 11:30 a.m. first and third Wednesdays; bi-monthly meeting for anyone caring for a child, spouse, sibling, parent or friend; offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County and Cape Atlantic Caregiver Coalition; Royal Inn Suites, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-3800 or MHAAC.info.

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 MHAAC.info.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 3, 17, Cape Regional Medical Center, 2 Stone Harbor Blvd., Cape May Court House. 609-463-4043 or CapeRegional.com.

‘TOO MUCH STUFF’ MEETINGS: 1 to 3 p.m. first and third Wednesdays; for people who want to clean up to those who are living with overwhelming clutter; Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway. 609-652-3800 or MHAAC.info.

WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES NETWORKING/SUPPORT GROUP: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; network, find support and discuss relevant topics; Artemis Center for Independent Living, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 7, Galloway. 609-748-2253 or ArtemisCIL.org.

Thursday, Jan. 18

AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP: 6 to 7 p.m. third Thursdays through March 15; new amputees, future amputees, friends and family; presented by Mike Braxton, para-athlete and Amputee Coalition Certified Volunteer; Bacharach Institute For Rehabilitation, 61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona. 609-748-5250 or Bacharach.org.

KIWANIS OF CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE: 6:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays; serves the youth and community of Middle and Dennis townships; Avalon Golf Club & Links Restaurant, 1510 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House. 609-465-7406.

MARVELOUS SLEUTHS BOOK CLUB: 7 to 8 p.m.; “The Lost Years” by Mary Higgins Clark; Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township. 609-294-1197 or TheOceanCountyLibrary.org.

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

Health, fitness

Monday, Jan. 15

CHAIR YOGA: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 24, 2018; gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support; Public Library, 9516 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

ZUMBA GOLD FOR THE ACTIVE OLDER ADULT: 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Dec. 17, 2018; taught by Cathy Cashmere, licensed Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor; Public Library, 4800 Central Ave., Sea Isle City. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

CELIAC/GLUTEN FREE SUPPORT GROUP: 7 to 8:30 p.m. third Tuesday of the month, Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates, 3205 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township, free. 609-241-8382.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

‘BE WELL CONNECTED’ COMMUNITY EVENT: 10 a.m. to noon; hosted by Shore Physicians Group; neurologist and medical director Dr. David Roeltgen will explain dementia; Ocean City Masonic Lodge #171, 940 Wesley Ave., Ocean City, free. 609-653-3500 or ShorePhysiciansGroup.org.

COPE GROUP: 2 to 4 p.m. third Wednesdays; for those with aphasia, apraxia or dysarthria; COPE (Communication Opportunities, Programs & Events) is a group that practices communication through social conversation; Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, 61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-748-5360 or Bacharach.org.

TINNITUS SUPPORT GROUP: 4 p.m., third Wednesday of the month; hosted by the Bacharach Hearing & Balance Center; Galloway Hearing Center, 436 Chris Gaupp Drive, Suite 103, Galloway Township, free. 609-748-5370.

‘TOO MUCH STUFF?’ MEETINGS: 1 to 3 p.m. first and third Wednesdays; for people who want to clean up to those who are living with overwhelming clutter; Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway Township. 609-652-3800 or MHAAC.info.

Thursday, Jan. 18

CPR RECERTIFICATION: 5 to 8 p.m.; Cape Regional Medical Center, 2 Stone Harbor Blvd., Cape May Court House, $45 class only, $60 class and manual; pre-registration required. 609-463-4043 or CapeRegional.com.

DOUBLE TROUBLE MEETINGS: noon to 1:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays; bi-monthly meeting for individuals living with both mental illness and addiction; hosted by the Mental Health Association of Ocean County; Church of the Holy Spirit, 220 E. Main St., Tuckerton. 732-914-1546.

FOCUSED AWARENESS MEDITATION: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 8, Public Library, 6300 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest, $9. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

TAI CHI CLASS: noon to 12:45 p.m.; designed for seniors; Public Library, 1058 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, free, registration required. 856-794-4244, ext. 4243 or VinelandLibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 19

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 5, 19, Cape Regional Medical Center, 2 Stone Harbor Blvd., Cape May Court House. 609-463-4043 or CapeRegional.com.

Music

Sunday, Jan. 21

JERSEY SHORE JAZZ VESPERS: 4 to 6 p.m. third Sundays; light refreshments; Asbury United Methodist Church, 1213 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, free will offering taken. 609-703-7907 or JazzVespers.com.

Religion

Wednesday, Jan. 17

BOOK STUDY: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 17 through March 7; 8-week book study of “Jesus Is...”; author Judah Smith; Absecon United Methodist Church, 100 Pitney Road, Absecon. 609-335-7109 or AbseconUMC.com.

Saturday, Feb. 3

PEACE AND UNITY SERVICE: 6 to 7 p.m.; joint service with Beth Judah Temple, Wildwood and Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Erma; welcome message by Pastor Jen Bolton, songs, readings and sermonette by Rabbi Ron Isaacs; Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 702 Seashore Road, Cape May. 609-522-7541.