Community tree lighting: The annual downtown tree lighting will be held 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the clock plaza in front of Hometown Variety on New Jersey Avenue. There will be holiday music with DJ Adam and carols by students from the H. Ashton Marsh School. Santa will arrive 5:45 p.m. Bring a canned item for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch. For information, call 609-646-1749 or 609-334-7109.

Atlantic City

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Rotary Club guest speaker: Tom Lamaine, radio personality and chairman of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Committee, will be the guest speaker 6 p.m. Thursday at the Atlantic City Rotary Club meeting in the Chart House at Golden Nugget. Club meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Guests are welcome to come at 5:30 p.m. for light fare at a cost of $5. For information, call 609-541-3638.

Kwanzaa program: The Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold its 29th annual Kwanzaa celebration 2 p.m. Saturday. Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre will perform. The program is free and suitable for all ages. No registration is required. For information, call 609-345-2269, ext. 3112.

Beach Haven

Messiah sing: Holy Innocents Church at Marine Street invites the community to a concert with the New Jersey Chamber Singers 4 p.m. Saturday. All are encouraged to sing along. Bring a musical score if you have one. There will be a reception after the concert. For more information, call 609-492-7571.


Seashore Purls: The community knitters group meets 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd St. South. The group is open to adult knitters of all skill levels. New members are welcome to work on individual or group projects. For information, call the library branch at 609-266-0110.

Commercial Township

Holiday Marketplace: Original artwork and gourmet edibles will be featured at the Holiday Marketplace from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10. at the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, 2800 High St., Port Norris. For information, call 856-785-2060, ext. 108, or visit bayshorecenter.org.

Egg Harbor City

Holiday craft corner: The Cedar Creek High School Dance Booster Club will hold its third annual holiday craft and vendor corner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at 1701 New York Ave. For information, email Missy at mistori1976@aol.com.

Galloway Township

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Church dinner: The Community Church at 1838 Shore Road will hold its annual Christmas dinner Saturday. The cost is $12. Entertainment will be provided by chalk artist Dwight Haynes, who will share the story of Christmas while drawing along with music. The public is welcome to attend. To RSVP, call 609-927-2950.

Little Egg Harbor Twp.

Chess classes: The LEH Chess Club will teach youth ages 7 and older how to play chess from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean County Library branch at 290 Mathistown Road. Class size is limited. For information, call 609-294-1197 or visit TheOceanCountyLibrary.org.

Christmas bazaar: The community is invited to the annual holiday event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Senior Center, 641 Radio Road. There will be handmade crafts, baked goods and gourmet foods for sale. Snacks and lunch will be available. For information, call 609-812-0325.


Guys get together: All men are invited for camaraderie, discussions or games 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave. The group meets every other Tuesday in the library meeting room. It’s free. For information, call 609-822-4700.

Mays Landing

Free workshop for older adults: The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will present Staying Healthy & Happy As You Age from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd. There will be a complimentary luncheon, with the program to follow. The speaker will be Maryann Prudhomme, RN. To register, call 609-625-4878 or visit stockton.edu/scosa.


December book sale: The Friends of the Millville Library will hold their month long book sale in the library lobby at 210 Buck St. All items are 25 cents. Magazines are free. Books, cassette tapes, VHS tapes and puzzles are available. For library hours and information, call 856-825-7087, ext. 12.


Get tech help: The Otto Bruyns Public Library offers a free program, Open Tech Questions, 1 p.m. Fridays. Staff will be available to answer technology questions ranging from how to send an email to editing a spreadsheet. For more information, call 609-646-4476.

North Wildwood

Pearl Harbor Day service: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5941 will hold its annual remembrance service noon Dec. 7 at the Hereford Inlet seawall parking lot of St. Demetrios Church, 321 St. Demetrios Ave., in the Angelsea section. For information, call Joseph A. Orlando, post commander, at 609-729-5832.

Ocean City

American Legion recruitment campaign: American Legion Post 524 seeks members of the U.S. Armed Forces who experienced active duty at any time to join the organization. Membership is also available in the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. Prospective members should contact Post 524 Senior Vice Commander Fed Little at 215-370-5906 or email fredlit33@gmail.com.


Community tree lighting: The annual Winter Wonderland and tree-lighting celebration will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Recreation Center, 400 W. Brighton Ave. The event is sponsored by Pleasantville Envisions Pride & Prosperity organization. There will be food, entertainment, give-a-ways and visits by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. The event is free. Children must be accompanied by adults. For more information, call 609-484-3603.

Sea Isle City

Historical Society open house: Members of the Historical Society will host the annual Christmas Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Historical Museum on the first floor of the Public Library, 4800 Central Ave. Light refreshments will be served. There will be an exhibit of old-time Christmas ornaments. Visitors also may purchase holiday gifts in the museum’s gift shop. For more information, call 609-263-2992.

Somers Point

Pearl Harbor Day service: Residents are invited to a service in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day 1 p.m. Sunday at the municipal beach at Bay Avenue. The program is hosted by the city and local veterans organizations. The 75th anniversary of the attack is Dec. 7. For information, call Jim Donahue at 609-412-7769.

Stafford Township{div class=”twDescription”}{a}Middle school gift auction: The 25th annual gift auction hosted by the Band Parents Organization at Southern Regional Middle School will be held 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria. More than 150 items will be auctioned. The event is open to adults 18 and older. Admission is $8 at the door and includes 25 tickets, coffee and dessert. Additional food and beverages are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the marching band program and scholarship fund. For information, call 609-597-9481.{/a}{/div} {div}Parents Day Out: The Southern Regional High School chapter of Future Educators of America will hold a Parents Day Out from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 in the cafeteria. The program is for children ages 3 to 12. The day will be filled with crafts, games, gym time and making lunch. The cost is $10 per child or $25 per family. Registration deadline is Friday. Forms may be found at srsd.net. For more information, email Catherine Latshaw at clatshaw@srsd.net.{/div} {div}{div class=”twDescription”}{a}Surf City{/a}{/div}{/div}Jazz at the library: The Bohevista Jazz Band will perform a holiday concert 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library, 217 S. Central Ave. The program is free. To register, call 609-494-2480 or visit theoceancountylibrary.org.


Bus trip: The Recreation Department is running a daylong bus shopping trip to New York City Dec. 10. The bus will leave 8 a.m. from the municipal ball fields. The cost is $40. To reserve a seat, call 609-823-7950.


Christmas dinner: Anyone in need may receive a free dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Carl Arthur Recreation Center, 304 W. Plum St. Santa will visit with the kids and there will be a gently-used coat closet and a food pantry available. Transportation is available. For information, call 856-364-0895.


Recycling cans available: The borough’s Sustainable Green Team will distribute recycling containers to residents from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Public Works Garage, 401 Madison Ave. Proof of residency is required. The funds for the containers came from a grant provided by the state, according to Mayor William Pikolycky. For information, call 609-861-2153.

Holiday parade marchers needed: The volunteer fire company will host the borough’s annual Christmas parade 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and invites residents and neighboring municipalities to participate. Participants will line up 5 p.m. along Bryant Street. The parade will conclude at the firehouse on DeHirsch Avenue. Santa will join the mayor in lighting the tree on the bike path. There will be refreshments and visits with Santa for children. Parade participants need by register by Dec. 2. For information, call Jeanette at 609-861-2464.

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