Hurricane Sandy recovery meeting: The New Jersey Organizing Project will begin its 2018 action kickoff with an information session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Atlantic County Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Anyone still struggling with foreclosure issues and contractor fraud is encouraged to attend. Another session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3 at the library branch at 40 Farragut Ave., Mays Landing. For information, call Priscilla Robinson, community organizer, at 609-312-3899 or visit

Master Composter training: The Atlantic County Utilities Authority and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County will hold Master Composter classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24 at the ACUA Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township. The two-day course features classroom time, site visits and hands on activities. No prior experience is necessary. The cost is $40. For more information, call 609-272-6950 or visit

Spring concert rehearsals: The Mainland Choral Society invites singers to join rehearsals for its spring concert May 25 with the Atlantic County Pops Band. Any high school chorus members or alumni, college chorus members or alumni and current choir members in Atlantic and Cape May counties are encouraged to participate. The first meeting is 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Christ Episcopal Church, Shore Road and Meyran Avenue in Somers Point. Remaining rehearsals will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday. A $20 membership fee is due at the first rehearsal. For information, call Steve Beddia at 609-432-7876.

Cape May

Cape Tech school salon provided services: Cape May County Technical High School cosmetology students are taking appointments through March 23. Appointments are available from noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. The school salon offers a full line of services, with the exception of pedicures. The professional-level services are provided to the public by its senior-level students at reasonable prices. The salon is located in the Toft building at 188 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House. To make an appointment, call 609-380-0200, ext. 325 or visit

Pick your own blueberries workshop: Rutgers Cooperative Extension will hold the final installment of its ultra-niche crop series with PYO Blueberries from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Extension Building in Cape May Court House. The workshop will include a live speakers panel and a 20-minute virtual field trip video. Participants will be led through worksheets to help them determine if the crop is right for them. The cost is $20 and includes a dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program. RSVP is needed by Feb 19. For information, call Jenny Carleo at

Beacon Animal Rescue volunteers needed: Beacon Animal Rescue needs additional volunteers during the winter. The rescue is at 701 Butter Road, in the Ocean View section of Upper Township. Especially needed are volunteers to handle office tasks, morning kennel and cat room cleaners and afternoon dog walkers. Complete a volunteer application in person or visit beaconanimalrescue .org.


Dinner dance fundraiser: The third annual Cumberland County Sock Hop to benefit the Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition, Housing First and other projects for the poor and homeless will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. March 2 at The Greenview Inn, 4049 Italia Avenue, Vineland. The event is sponsored by the community-based M25 Initiative. The 1950s-themed event will feature DJ entertainment, malt shop-type foods and a photo booth. Attire is 50’s themed clothing or business casual. As part of the event, new socks will be collected for the homeless community. Tickets are $50. For information, visit or call 844-M25-HOPE.

NAMI guest speaker: NAMI Cumberland County, the Cumberland County Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will meet 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Chestnut Assembly of God, 2554 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. The guest speaker will be Andria Balicki, director of outpatient behavioral health at Inspira Health Center Bridgeton. For information, call 856-691-9234.

Maurice River Music salon concert: Violist Ana Tsinadze will be joined by violinist Ruotao Mao for the next Maurice River Music salon concert 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at a residence in the Mauricetown area. The recital will include music by contemporary composers. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Donations to assist in covering expenses will be accepted. To RSVP, receive directions or for more information, call 856-506-0580 or visit