Dining out

Saturday, Dec. 9

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 8 a.m. to noon; all-you-can-eat; $5 photos with Santa; Farmington Volunteer Fire Company 4, 301 Maple Ave., Egg Harbor Township, $7 adults, $5 kids, free ages 2 and younger. 609-641-3951.

Fundraisers

Thursday, Dec. 7

A.C. POLICE FOUNDATION DESIGNER BAG BINGO: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; light refreshments; bring your own snacks and beverages; St. Michael’s, Quaremba Hall, 10 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City, $35. 609-892-8647.

Friday, Dec. 8

SILENT AUCTION: 7 to 9 p.m.; benefits Hope Pregnancy Center of Cape May County; desserts, refreshments; Seaville Fire Hall, 36 Route 50, Ocean View, $15. 609-398-9449.

Saturday, Dec. 9

BEACON ANIMAL RESCUE DAY: noon to 2 p.m.; benefits Beacon Animal Rescue; Fischer Flowers, 2322 Shore Road, Linwood; bring one donation item for Beacon and receive a $20 Fischer Flowers gift card and free photo with Santa Paws and your pet. 609-390-7946.

Sunday, Dec. 10

BUFFET AND BEER: 4 to 6 p.m.; benefits South Jersey Horse Rescue; gift basket auction, door prizes; Pitney Pub, 200 S. Pitney Road, Galloway Township, $20. SouthJerseyHorse Rescue.org.

For youth

Thursday, Dec. 7

COMIC DRAWING LESSONS: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; with illustrator Joe Del Beato; for ages 9 to 17; Free Atlantic City Public Library, 1 N. Tennessee Ave. 609-345-2269 or ACFPL.org.

LEGO CLUB: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 1; build and play with others; Public Library, 2305 Atlantic Ave., Longport. 609-487-7403 or longportnj.gov/library.

HOMEWORK HELP: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 7; for grades kindergarten through six; St. Mary’s Church, 118 Bayview Ave., Pleasantville. 609-646-1604.

Friday, Dec. 8

SEASONAL CRAFTS: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; supplies provided; Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 N. Tennessee Ave., free. 609-345-2269, ext. 3050.

SONGS, STORIES, CRAFTS: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays Dec. 8, 15; for ages 2 and younger; Beth Israel Reform Congregation, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield, $100. 609-641-3600 or BethIsraelNorthfield.org.

STEAM CLUB: 5 to 6:30 p.m. first Fridays through March 2; for ages 8 to 14; explore basics of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics; Cape May County Library, Technology Learning Center, 30 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. 609-463-6341 or CMCLibrary.org.

Saturday, Dec. 9

LEGO CLUB: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; for all ages; Atlantic County Library, 1 Swift Ave., Egg Harbor Township. 609-927-8664 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

NUTCRACKER PRINCE PUPPET SHOW: 11 to 11:45 a.m.; puppet version of Tchaikovsky’s popular ballet; Public Library, 1058 East Landis Ave., Vineland. 856-794-4244 or VinelandLibrary.org.

SANTA’S FAMILY WORKSHOP AT THE ZOO: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; photo opportunities, Santa mailbox drop, crafts, candy, music, scavenger hunt and live animals; Cape May County Park & Zoo, 707 N. Route 9, Cape May Court House, free. 609-465-5271 or CMCZoo.com.

SATURDAY MORNING STORY CIRCLE: 10:30 to 11 a.m.; Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, free. 856-825-6800 or WheatonArts.org.

STORYTIME WITH MRS. CLAUS: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; hot chocolate, prizes and craft; Public Library, 2305 Atlantic Ave., Longport. 609-487-7403 or LongportNJ.Gov/Library.

Sunday, Dec. 10

COOKIES WITH SANTA: 2 p.m., for ages 12 and younger; Bethany St. John’s Church, 615 Risley Ave., Pleasantville; free. 609-457-8799.

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

Health, fitness

Thursday, Dec. 7

DIABETIC EDUCATION PROGRAM: 1 to 3 p.m.; part of a series of classes to learn diabetic management techniques; Cape Regional Diabetes Center, 210 S. Shore Road, Marmora, registration and fee required. 609-463-2547 or CapeRegional.com.

DOUBLE TROUBLE MEETINGS: noon to 1:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays; 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.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETING: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; support group for the loved ones of a person with the disease of addiction; the Abundant Living Church, 849 Route 54, Newtonville. 609-805-3680.

WELLNESS TIME: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays through Dec. 28; chair yoga and other gentle movement exercises; St. James Lutheran Church, 1341 Mays Landing Road, Folsom, $6-$10. 609-561-4488 or StJamesFolsom.org.

Friday, Dec. 8

TAI CHI AND QI GONG: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays; for adults age 60 and older; Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 N. Tennessee Ave., free. 609-822-1167 or ACFPL.org.

Saturday, Dec. 9

CHAIR YOGA: 11 a.m. to noon; for adults; presented by Linda Schwartz; Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing, registration requested. 609-625-2776 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.; for adults; presented by Linda Schwartz; Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing, registration requested. 609-625-2776 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

YOGA FOR LIFE: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every other Saturday through Dec. 23; for adults and teens; presented by Janet Hahn; Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing, $5, registration required. 609-625-2776 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

Monday, Dec. 11

FUN FITNESS FOR ALL: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 22; for Atlantic County residents age 60 and older; Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, free. 609-822-1167 or JCCAtlantic.org.

NAMI SUPPORT MEETINGS: 7 to 9 p.m. second Mondays; hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness; open to the public; supportive and stigma free discussion group for family members of those with mental illness and those who need mental health support; Absecon United Methodist Church, 100 Pitney Road, Absecon, free. 609-927-0215 or NAMI.org.

YOGA WITH CECI: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Dec. 25; Monday Morning Yoga; Cumberland County Library, 800 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton. 856-453-2210 or CCLNJ.org.

ZUMBA FITNESS: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 31; Latin dance-inspired fitness class; taught by Kellie Wood, owner of Woody’s Surf and Skate in Wildwood; Public Library, 6300 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

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.

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS: 3 p.m. Tuesdays; taught by Tammy Decker; Public Library, 9516 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

YOGA PILATES FUSION: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays; pilates-yoga fusion exercises teach students how to use core stability for every-day movement; Lower Cape Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

ZUMBA FITNESS AT COURT HOUSE LIBRARY: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Latin dance-inspired fitness class; Public Library, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

ZUMBA FITNESS AT WILDWOOD CREST LIBRARY: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Latin dance-inspired fitness class; Public Library, 6300 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

DIABETES MANAGEMENT SERIES: 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13, 20, 27; comprehensive 8-hour program on diabetes management techniques; Cape Regional Medical Center, 2 Stone Harbor Blvd., Cape May Court House, registration and fee required. 609-463-2547 or CapeRegional.com.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. second Wednesdays through Dec. 13, Shore Medical Center Thrift Shop, 275 New Road, Somers Point. ShoreMedicalCenter.org.

HOLISTIC HEALTH DEMYSTIFIED: 1:30 to 3 p.m.; create your own Sugar Cookie Smoothie Bowl, Probiotic Peppermint Mocha, and Gingerbread Latte; taught by Rebecca Horin; Public Library, 30 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House, registration required. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

YOGA WITH CECI: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 20; Wednesday Evening Yoga with Ceci; Cumberland County Library, 800 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton, donations accepted. 856-453-2210 or CCLNJ.org.

Thursday, Dec. 14

IFSS FAMILY MEETING: 10:30 a.m. second Thursdays; meeting for individuals who have a family member living with mental illness; offered by Intensive Family Support Services of the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway Township. 609-652-3800 or MHAAC.info.

NECK AND SPINE SURGERY EDUCATION PROGRAM: 4 to 5 p.m. second Thursdays through January 11, 2018; meet with nurses, physical therapists, social workers and discharge planners; education on each phase of surgery and recovery; Shore Medical Center, 2nd floor of surgical conference room, 100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point. 609-653-4600 or ShoreMedicalCenter.org.

Friday, Dec. 15

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

Saturday, Dec. 16

GROUP FOR PEOPLE WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: 1 to 3 p.m. third Saturdays; for those living with MS or a care partner; Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. 610-888-7942.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: 10 to 11 a.m. third Saturdays through Dec. 16; for adults; Atlantic County Library, 1 Swift Ave., Egg Harbor Township, registration required. 609-927-8664 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

MS SELF-HELP GROUP: 1 to 3 p.m. third Saturdays; for those living with MS or caregiver; Room 4, Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. 610-888-7942.

PILATES: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. third Saturdays through Dec. 16; for adults and teens; presented by certified instructor Kristina Carr; Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing, $5, registration required. 609-625-2776 or AtlanticLibrary.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 19

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, Dec. 20

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 26

HULA HOOP FUN FITNESS CLASS: 7 to 8 p.m. last Tuesdays of the month; taught by Tara Rebel; for ages 12 and older; Dolente Dance & Fitness, 2907 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township; $10 individuals, $16 for two. H2OHoops.com.

NUTRITION FOR ADULTS: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. fourth Tuesdays; hosted by AtlantiCare; addresses subjects relevant to seniors; lunch provided; AtlantiCare LifeCenter, 2500 English Creek, Building 200, Egg Harbor Township, free. 609-569-7010.

Monday, Jan. 1

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: CIVIL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM: 6 to 7 p.m. first Mondays; hosted by Artemis Center for Independent Living; engage in conversation about issues of concern and brainstorm ways to improve the community; Artemis Center for Independent Living, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 7, Galloway Township. 609-748-2253 or ArtemisCIL.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 3

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.

Music

Friday, Dec. 8

‘HOUR OF CODE — MAKE MUSIC’: 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.; make music with Scratch programming language and the BBC micro:bit as part of T.I.M.E. Makerspace session; Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield, 241 West Mill Road, Northfield. 609-646-4476.

Saturday, Dec. 9

‘GUARDIAN OF HIS GLORY’ CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 to 10 p.m.; wear an ugly sweater and receive a free coffee; Truth That Rocks Bookstore & Solid Grounds Coffee Lounge, 1100 New Road, Northfield. 609-641-2665.

‘PROGRAM OF ECLECTIC CHRISTMAS MUSIC’: 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9, 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13; features the Angelus Chorus conducted by Dr. Richard Stanislaw, accompanied by Ruth Fritsch; Dec. 9: St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 501 E. 8th St., Ocean City; Dec. 13: Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May. 609-368-6939.

WILMINGTON HANDBELL ENSEMBLE: 7 to 9 p.m.; light refreshments; Wimberg Funeral Home, 211 E. Great Creek Road, Galloway Township, free. 609-382-5731.

Sunday, Dec. 10

CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS: 3:45 to 5 p.m.; reception to follow; Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets, Cape May, free will offering taken. 609-884-3065.

HARPIST ON THE PORCH: noon to 2 p.m.; harpist Lucia Marone will be playing classical and holiday songs on The Porch; Public Library, 235 32nd St., Avalon. 609-967-7155 or AvalonFreeLibrary.org.

MAINLAND CHORAL HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7 to 10 p.m.; Mainland Choral performance presented by the Longport Historical Society; Historic Church of the Redeemer, 20th and Atlantic avenues, Longport, free admission. 609-823-1115.

SUITE INSPIRATION ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 3:30 p.m., “Christmas is for Children,” traditional, gospel, pop and contemporary holiday selections, sing-along, visit from Santa; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 590 New Jersey Ave., Absecon; free admission, donations benefit Maureen Senese Memorial Scholarship Fund. 609-748-1583.

Monday, Dec. 11

‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’ CONCERTS: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 18; Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band with special vocalist Cathy Rocco; presented by the South Jersey Jazz Society; Gateway Playhouse, 738 Bay Ave., Somers Point, $25. 609-927-6677 or SouthJerseyJazz.org.

NEXT CHAPTER CONCERT: 7 to 9 p.m.; mixed a cappella chorus led by Gene Tubertini; refreshments; Union Hall, 904 Main St., Dividing Creek. 856-447-4470.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

COMMUNITY BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7 to 8 p.m.; John Walter Cape Community Band performs your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah music; St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 680 Town Bank Road, North Cape May. 703-362-6812 or JohnWalterBand.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

HOLIDAY MUSIC WITH THE JOHN WALTER BAND: 6 to 7:30 p.m.; John Walter Cape Community Band will perform holiday favorites; Public Library, 4800 Central Ave., Sea Isle City. 609-463-6386 or CMCLibrary.org.

Sunday, Dec. 17

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

Thursday, Dec. 7

WORD OF LIFE — REVIVE CHRISTMAS TOUR: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Coastal Christian Ocean City, 801 West Ave., Ocean City. 609-399-4747 or CoastalChristianOC.com.

Friday, Dec. 8

‘A CHRISTMAS DRAMA’: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Rev. Jim Hughes will present a Christmas Drama; Dennisville UMC, 134 Main St., Dennisville. 609-861-2196 or HistoricUMC.Weebly.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

ADULT BIBLE STUDY: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through June 2018; taught by George Liacopulos, our Parish Priest; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 7004 Ridge Ave., Egg Harbor Township. 609-653-8092 or HolyTrinityEggHarbor.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

BIBLE STUDY: 7 p.m. Wednesdays or 10 a.m. Thursdays; discuss the movie/book “The Shack”; all welcome; Lifegate Church, 296 Bethel Road, Somers Point. 609-927-2075 or LifegateNJ.org.

‘EXPLORE GOD’ DISCUSSION GROUP: 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays; Price Hall, Academy and Seashore Roads, Cape May; open to all. 609-889-3538 or email robriehl@verizon.net.

‘MYRON SUGARMAN: A HISTORY OF JEWS AND THE MOB’: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; presentation by Myron Sugerman, author of “The Last Jewish Gangster from Meyer to Myron”; menorah lighting ceremony, latkes, appetizers, wine, beer; Chabad Chai Center, 6605 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, $18 by Dec. 10, $25 at door. 609-822-8500 or ChabadAC.com.

Friday, Dec. 15

SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7 p.m., traditional Christmas readings and songs; reception to follow; all welcome, free will offering; Holy Innocents’ Church, Marine Street, Beach Haven. 609-492-7571.

Tuesday, Dec. 19

ST. BARBARA CHAPEL CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE: 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and a hymn sing-along; Jan. 2, Three Kings night; St. Barbara Chapel, 2334 E. Oak Road, Vineland. 856-692-0352.

Reunions

Trips

RESORTS CASINO BUS TRIP: 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. third Mondays; hosted by the Manahawkin Senior Social Club; departs from Moose Lodge parking lot, 120 Route 72 West, Stafford Township, $25. 609-597-5222.

TRIP TO METROPOLITAN OPERA: 2 to 11:30 p.m. March 7, 2018; Franco Zefferelli’s classic production of La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; 2 p.m. departure from Beth Israel Reform Congregation, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield; $95, reservations due by Jan. 5. 609-432-2983 or cantor@cbinorthfield.org.

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