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Anxiety wellness group meets bimonthly

HAMMONTON - An Anxiety Peer Wellness Group will meet from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Atlanticare Behavioral Health, 120 S. White Horse Pike No. 2. Topics include: wellness, recovery, empowerment and more. The group is offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County/ICE Wellness Program.

For information, call (609) 652-3800, ext. 303, or email cquinn@mhanj.org.

Children’s foundation seeks grant applications

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation seeks grant applications from New Jersey families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

To be eligible for a grant, children must be age 16 or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, live in the U.S., and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org, and there is no application deadline.

Gilda’s Club hosting surgical techniques talk

LINWOOD - Gilda’s Club South Jersey will host “New Developments in the Surgical Treatment of Lymphedema,” presented by Eric Chang, MD, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Catherine Rosenberg, one of Dr. Chang’s patients, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 18 at the club at 700 New Road.

Dr. Chang will discuss surgical treatment techniques for lymphedema. Rosenberg will talk about her experience with the surgical procedure and what it has meant to the quality of her life. She has lived with lymphedema for 26 years, since having cancer as a child.

Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 926-2699 or email adria@gildasclubsouthjersey.org.

Eagles presents ‘Our Town’ reimagined for Hammonton

HAMMONTON - The Eagle Theatre will pay homage to the Greater Delaware Valley by celebrating Hammonton’s 150th Anniversary with a groundbreaking production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize Winner “Our Town,” reimagined to take place in Hammonton.

Starring Jared Delaney, Charlie DelMarcelle and Leonard C. Haas, Wilder’s inspirational masterpiece seamlessly weaves past and present as it chronicles the daily life of a close-knit community and reveals universal truths that connect us all by showing us what it is to be alive.

“Our Town” will mark the official launch of Eagle Theatre’s IF (Innovations Factory), a core of theming artists (IFologists) dedicated to discovering medium advancing technology, designed to provide audiences with an intensely immersive and sensory experience.

Co-Artistic Director Ted Wioncek III stated “We found ourselves asking ‘What If?’ What if our inquisitive nature was embodied by a collective of artists with a common goal; push the medium forward. It was out of this question that we founded an assembly line of endless possibilities, made up of dreamers and doers.”

The show will pioneer a new “scentsory” experience. The scent of rich coffee, fresh linen and a bouquet of heliotrope will envelope the audience, creating an intangible world-building atmosphere that accentuates the patron’s experience. IF’s theatrical “scentsory” prototype has been in private research and development for more than a year and is now set to make its debut.

Co-Artistic Director Ed Corsi said, “This is the Delaware Valley’s opportunity to reclaim the beloved American classic while providing a refreshing twist that will undoubtedly open your heart and breathe life into a timeless tale.”

Eagle Theatre has partnered with Stockton University, South Jersey Cultural & History Center and The Noyes Museum to present an immersive walk-through exhibit, “Waves of Diversity: An Interactive Experience of Our Progressive History,” set to display rare photos, film, clothing, artifacts and antiquities. The exhibit was funded, in part, through a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Wioncek concluded “‘Our Town’ will be a love letter to the history of cultural and technological progression. Audiences will not walk into a theater, rather simultaneously step into to the past, present, and future.”

The show will be presented at various times from May 20 through June 26 at the theatre at 208 Vine St.

Tickets are $20 to $40.

For tickets or information, call (609) 704-5012 or visit www.TheEagleTheatre.com.

Gateway Community to hold multicultural parade

Gateway Community Action Partnership’s Hamilton 1 Head Start Center and Little Cherubs Center will hold a multicultural parade at 9:30 a.m. May 20. The rain date is May 23.

The parade will consist of children carrying flags from 24 different countries. It will start at the John O. Wilson Neighborhood Center, home of Hamilton 1 Head Start, 169 Wilfred Ave., and will follow Parkinson Avenue to Mary Street to Wilfred Avenue and back to the Head Start Center playground. Children from Little Cherubs Early Learning Center will also take part in the parade.

At the playground, there will be many activities for Hamilton 1 center children, including face painting, bubble throwing, Hula-Hoop, dancing, arts and crafts, playing soccer with male role models, planting, music and more.

For information, call (609) 393-7030.

Theater presents reading of ‘Back to the Warning Track’

HAMMONTON - The Eagle Theatre will present a reading of “Back to the Warning Track,” by local playwright Lou Mascolo at 7:30 p.m. May 23 at the theater at 208 Vine St.

When blue-collar, lifelong Phillies fan Harry Buntley, husband and father of two, suddenly comes into a small fortune, he finally enjoys a life with money in his pocket. But when it is abruptly taken away, he attempts to reclaim the “joy of cash” by entering an illicit scheme with his gangster brother-in-law, while alienating those who truly love him.

His life takes an unexpected twist when his plan is discovered by his life-long friend, he receives some bad news from afar, and his wife has had enough. Harry is then forced into the realization that the “good life” is much more than monetary success.

This reading will feature Michael McFadden (star of USA’s crime drama, “Alibi”) and Philadelphia Born actor Brian A. Wilson (who was in the film “Creed,” plus shows including “The Wire,” “Blue Bloods” and “Law and Order: SVU”).

Pat DeFusco, Rachel Brodeur, Tim Rinehart, Adam Hoyak and Chhaya Rowan round out the cast.

Ed Corsi, co-artistic director, Eagle Theatre, will be the director for the reading.

Tickets are free for season pass holders and $10 for all others.

For tickets or information, call (609) 704-5012 or visit www.TheEagleTheatre.com.

Free workshop tackles maximizing retirement income

MAYS LANDING - The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is sponsoring a free workshop for older adults, “Social Security – What You Need to Know to Maximize Your Retirement Income,” from 1 to 3 p.m. June 1 at Woodview Estates Assisted Living, 5030 Unami Blvd. Lunch will be served.

Christopher J. Carrozza, an investment adviser at Valic Financial Advisors in Berkeley Heights and a certified public accountant, will discuss:

When to begin your Social Security benefits to maximize your lifetime retirement income. Should you take early payments, begin payments at full retirement age, or delay taking benefits?

How to capitalize on benefits you may be entitled to, based on your spouse’s earnings. Should you take only your benefits, spousal benefits, or a combination of the two?

Understanding the potential impact that continuing to work has on your ability to collect Social Security benefits.

Other topics include benefits for divorced spouses, enhancing survivor income, planning for the tax consequences of Social Security benefits, the benefits of filing and suspending benefits and building an income bridge to enable you to delay receipt of Social Security benefits.

To register, call (609) 625-4878 or email residentservices@woodviewestates.com.

For center information, visit www.stockton.edu/scosa.

All welcome to Paddle for A Cause

ATLANTIC CITY - The ninth annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For A Cause will be held at 6 a.m. June 11 at the Frank S. Farley State Marina at the Golden Nugget. The event features a challenge for stand-up and prone paddleboarders. Options are: Competitive paddle: 22.5-mile journey around Absecon Island; and non-competitive paddles: 8-mile paddle to the Wonder Bar and back or a 4-mile paddle to the Wonder Bar with a boat ride back to the festivities at Golden Nugget courtesy of Teal Cruises. Participants must raise $200.

The event will be followed by an awards ceremony/after party at the Golden Nugget’s The Deck at 4 p.m. Admission is free for participants and $25 for all others.

Proceeds will benefit the foundation, a nonprofit organization, that provides grants to financially assist individuals with cancer and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center. The foundation was created in 2001 when Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer from Atlantic City, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Since successfully battling the disease four times, Randazzo continues his competitive professional surfing career.

For information, visit TheDRCF.org.

Enjoy inaugural Gilda’s Club Dragon Boat Festival

ATLANTIC CITY - The Inaugural Gilda’s Club South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 9 at Bader Field.

Dragon Boating is easy to learn, extremely safe, and an activity where men and women compete side by side towards the same goal. Regardless how old, young, big or little: once a paddler is in stroke, they are contributing to their team! Add the outdoors, the water, the visual spectacle of dragon boating and you get a perfect activity for corporate team building, or a school outing!

Bader Field is the perfect venue for a Dragon Boat Festival. The Gilda’s Club South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival will be a day of Dragon Boat races, a flower ceremony for loved ones touched by cancer, live entertainment, food, vendors and fun for the whole family! There is no admission fee for spectators. The event is being co-chaired by Jon Henderson and Sharon Most.

No experience is necessary to participate. Teams should have about 21 to 24 members with a minimum of eight female paddlers in the boat for every race. The minimum age is 12. In addition to race day, teams will receive one practice session the week of the festival. In addition to competitive race awards, prizes will be awarded for most team spirit, best team costumes, best decorated team tent, most money raised by a team and most money raised by an individual.

Proceeds will support programs at Gilda’s Club, which are for men, women, teens and children impacted by cancer.

Registration fees are:

Corporate: $2,400 per boat or $100 per person.

Community: $1,800 per boat or $75 per person.

Club (survivor and supporter) and student: $1,080 per boat or $45 per person.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

To register or for information, call (609) 926-2699, email Lauren@gildasclubsouthjersey.org or visit www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org/dragonboatfest.

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