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Repair work at wildlife refuge underway

GALLOWAY - Work has begun at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge to repair the refuge’s freshwater impoundment system along Wildlife Drive following damage by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. This project will help make the refuge more resilient to future storms and sea-level rise by adding a living shoreline and other stabilization features along Wildlife Drive, the most visited area of the refuge.

Throughout construction there will be temporary, partial or complete closures of Wildlife Drive and adjoining trails. Currently the drive and Songbird Trail are closed on weekdays until 4:30 p.m., and open normal hours on weekends. When open, the drive will allow two-way traffic until the Turtle Cove observation tower. The refuge will post additional closure updates to its website, www.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe, and Facebook page as soon as they are known. Visitors can find out the most current information by calling the refuge’s visitor center at (609) 652-1665. Work is expected to last through August.

Atlantic Audubon Society will meet at library today

GALLOWAY - Atlantic Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Atlantic County Library at 306 E. Jim Leeds Road. There will be a social hour followed by a presentation about “Birding the Western Caribbean.” Meetings are free and open to the public.

Support, advocacy and healing for bereaved parents

HAMMONTON - Three Little Birds Perinatal & Palliative Care Advocacy and Support Center is a project of Ladies in Transit Holistic Community Development Corporation. The center’s mission is to provide immediate and long-term perinatal and palliative care support and advocacy services to families suffering an uncertain or life-limiting fetal diagnoses and/or pregnancy and infant loss.

The goal is to empower families to understand their situations, what their rights are and the different ways they can honor their child and experience at no cost.

LITCDC will host a community event, “Project Three Little Birds Bereaved Parents Wine Tasting & Social,” from 6 to 8 p.m. April 30 at Plagido's Winery, 570 N. 1st Road, Hammonton. The event, for ages 21 and older, will benefit bereaved families for the purpose of educational social interaction to learn about available resources and family support options, and increase awareness about the devastation of losing a pregnancy. It is also an opportunity for bereaved families to connect with others who can empathize, which helps promote healing. Tickets are $30 per person or $45 per couple.

For information, call Kristen Samuelson, director, at (856) 656-6436 or email threelittlebirdsperinatal@gmail.com.

Suffering from anxiety? Learn inner calm

LINWOOD - Those suffering from anxiety can learn to naturally bring themselves to a place of inner calm at the Overcome Anxiety Clinic on Monday mornings or Tuesday evenings in May at Hummingbird Yoga, Central Square, 199 New Road.

The clinic is designed to help people who suffer from the anxiety of everyday life, as well as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Classes are led by Dr. Robyn Tiger, a physician and yoga therapist. The presentations will feature visual aids such as PowerPoint lectures and handouts. Techniques to be taught include breathing exercises, gentle movements and meditations to reduce stress and control anxiety. Participants also will receive a take-home program with daily exercises and lifestyle suggestions, and a guided meditation CD.

“The more you know about anxiety and how to defeat it, the more empowered you become to drive your own self-healing journey,” according to Dr. Tiger. “The skills and practices you learn are incredibly useful and profoundly freeing when combating the debilitating effects of anxiety.”

Classes are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 2, 9, 16 and 23 or from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Cost is $200. Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 560-8843, visit www.yogaheals4life.com or email yogaheals4life@gmail.com.

Buena middle school seeks book donations for summer reading

BUENA VISTA - Buena Regional Middle School seeks donations of “Summer Reading Books” for children in need. New and gently used books may be dropped off in boxes at all Buena Regional School District schools from May 9 to 13.

At-risk children will have an opportunity to choose, keep and treasure the donated books.

For information, call (856) 697-0100.

‘Body Image Challenges in Cancer Treatment’

LINWOOD - Cori McMahon from the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Hospital, will present “Body Image Challenges in Cancer Treatment” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 9 at Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 700 New Road.

Body image change is the norm rather than the exception following diagnosis and treatment for cancer with more than one-half of survivors reporting some impact on body image. It does not just relate to physical appearance but includes thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to the entire body and its functioning.

Registration is required.

For reservations or information, call (609) 926-2699 or email adria@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Mental Health Association presents awards ceremony

GALLOWAY - The annual, county-wide event, “Evening of Wellness and Charity Auction” will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 12 at the Ram’s Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike.

Hosted by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, the event includes food, a cash bar, and a raffle of 50 gift baskets. Awards will also been given to community members who have made exceptional contributions to the field of mental illness and addiction. This year’s winners are The Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District, Spread the Love Foundation, Helen King of Atlanticare and Robin Stoloff, a health reporter.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

For tickets or information, call (609) 652-3800 or visit www.mhaac.info.

Find out if solar energy is an option for you

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer “Solar Energy Panels: Is It An Option For You,” at 6 p.m. May 12 in Building T on the campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The program will explain how the solar industry operates and address differences between leasing or buying a photovoltaic system. Participants will understand the implications of the 30 percent tax credit and how its expiration at the end of 2016 will impact consumers and the industry as a whole, as well as uncover New Jersey’s role in the solar industry and clarify industry jargon.

Cost is $29.

To register or for information, call (609) 343-5655 or visit www.atlantic.edu/ce.

Remember Friday nights by ‘Cruisin’ MainStreet’

HAMMONTON - MainStreet Hammonton will present the annual “Cruisin’ MainStreet: Remembers Friday Nights,” beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 20 in Downtown Hammonton. The rain date is May 21.

Cruisin’ MainStreet offers a nostalgic glimpse of yesteryear by celebrating the 1950s that includes bubble gum blowing and hula-hoop contests. There will be plenty of food, in-store specials and fun for the entire family.

For information, call (609) 567-9014 or visit www.downtownhammonton.com.

Free workshop for seniors on living independently

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will sponsoring a free workshop for older adults, “LIVE Independently, Vibrantly & Educated,” offering resources and guidance on living an independent life from 2 to 3 p.m. May 24 at Village Grande at Little Mill, 1 Milroy Road.

Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health will facilitate the workshop, which focuses on crisis preparation, resources, preventative care, personal record keeping, medication management, healthy eating and exercise.

To register or for information, call (609) 626-3591 or visit www.stockton.edu/scosa.

Golf tournament to benefit children and seniors

MARGATE - Jewish Family Service and the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center invite the community to participate in the third annual JFS vs JCC Golf Tournament on May 26 at Linwood Country Club. This men’s and women’s competition style tournament will bring the community together for a fun day of golf, on course contests, prizes, a cocktail dinner reception and more. Team JFS and JCC are tied with one win a piece. In the spirit of friendly competition, each team is hoping to win the trophy at this year’s tournament.

The funds raised will help JFS and the Katz JCC further their mission to provide the children and seniors of Atlantic County, as well as the community as a whole, programs and services that enhance and enrich their lives.

Tickets are $225 per golfer and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For ticket or sponsorship information, call Beth Joseph at (609) 822-7409 or email bjoseph@jfsatlantic.org or call Cathleen Kunkle at (609) 822-1167, ext. 159, or email ckunkle@jccatlantic.org.

For information, visit www.jfsatlantic.org or www.jccatlantic.org.

ACCC offering more than 100 classes online this summer

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer more than 100 classes online this summer to accommodate a range of schedules and lifestyles. Whether you’re a current student, recent high school graduate or attending a four-year college and home for the summer, you can earn credits toward your degree in just a few weeks.

In-person registration hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Visit www.atlantic.edu/summer to view summer and fall class schedules and to register online.

Some courses offered during the first six-week session, May 23 through June 30, include: Financial Accounting, Art Appreciation, Business Ethics, Composition I, Creative Writing I, Earth Science, College Algebra and Principles of Sociology.

During the second session, which is eight weeks, June 27 through Aug. 18, classes include: Principles of Management, Intro to Computers, Criminal Investigation, Western World II, Calculus I, Child Psychology, World Religions and Technical Communication.

Course offered during the six-week third session, July 11 through Aug. 18, include: Managerial Accounting, The Human Body, Fundamentals of Nutrition, Literature for Children, Precalculus, Intro to Business and Concepts of Physical Fitness.

Students taking online courses should possess excellent organizational and time management skills.

Payment for summer classes is due at the time of registration. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

To register online or view an updated schedule, visit www.atlantic.edu/summer.

For information, email summer@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000, (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000, or (609) 463-3960 in Cape May County.

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