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Older adults can learn about sustainability in free workshop

GALLOWAY - Stockton University’s Stockton Center on Successful Aging will present a free workshop series, Sustainability Matters: How You Can Get Involved,” for older adults focused on sustainability.

Workshop topics are sustainability advocacy, food sovereignty, climate change, recycling and native habitat restoration and preservation. Participants will learn about food canning, seed saving, raising backyard chickens, how to use the Nature’s Notebook mobile app to record climate observations, composting and restoration of habitat to preserve biodiversity of plant and animal life.

The workshops will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. March 25 and April 1, 15 and 22 and from 3 to 4 p.m. April 8 in Campus Center Meeting Room 3 on the university’s campus.

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

Manage your health care using mobile apps

EGG HARBOR CITY - Stockton University students in Associate Professor Helen Wei’s Medical Informatics class will help older adults manage their health care using free mobile apps.

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging will present a free, one-hour workshop, “Manage Your Health Through Technology,” at 10 a.m. March 29 at the Galloway Senior Center at 621 W. White Horse Pike.

Free smartphone apps can be used to monitor weight loss and heart health, and to help manage conditions such as diabetes. Students will cover the pros and cons of the apps, demonstrate how to use them and discuss their compatibility with various smartphones.

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

Gardeners can dig into first ‘Garden Talk’ of the year

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Experienced and beginning gardeners are invited to participate in the first monthly “Garden Talk” of the season from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 29 at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s Environmental Park at 6700 Delilah Road. Talks are held at the community garden, offers spaces for people who cannot garden at home, or in a meeting room depending on the weather.

These talks are held in partnership with the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Atlantic County. These informal talks offer a chance to learn from knowledgeable Master Gardeners, and for participants to ask questions about growing their own healthy food.

This month Master Gardener Sue Scarlett will share information to help gardeners prepare for the gardening season. This month’s talk will cover topics ranging from selecting and starting seeds to testing and improving soil. Scarlett’s presentation draws not only from the research available through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension service, but also from her personal knowledge derived from many years of growing vegetables organically in her home garden.

The schedule also includes:

April 26, early spring planting and protection.

May 24, transplanting warm weather crops and making compost.

June 28, direct seeding in the garden and insect control.

July 26, watching and watering for disease control.

Aug. 23, saving seeds, harvesting and preserving.

Sept. 27, cover crops and cleaning up your garden.

Oct. 25, preparing for winter and getting a jump on spring.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For information, call (609) 272-6950 or visit www.acua.com.

Fire company to host chicken barbecue

BUENA VISTA - The Richland Volunteer Fire Company will hold its third annual chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2, with takeouts only, at the fire house at 876 Main Ave.

Information sessions on careers in nursing, allied health

MAYS LANDING – Atlantic Cape Community College will hold information sessions focusing on careers in allied health and on the college’s nursing program. The Nursing Program Information Session will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 29 in C3. The Health Career Planning Session will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 11 in J202 on the college’s campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The Nursing Program Information Session will focus on the nursing profession and career advancement opportunities, including the RN-BSN Express option offered by Rutgers University. The program also will cover Atlantic Cape’s Associate in Applied Science degree in nursing that prepares graduates for their registered nurse license. The session will highlight the program requirements, the simulation training facility, the selection process and methods to prepare for the entrance exam.

The Health Career Planning Session is designed for people considering and comparing careers in radiologic technology, biomedical science, health services, nursing and more. A representative from the School of Radiologic Technology at Shore Medical Center will discuss its program, ranked third in New Jersey for graduate scores on the ARRT National Certification Exam in 2016. The school has a 100 percent pass rate, and all students found employment as radiologic technologists in 2016. A partnership allows students to earn their Associate in Applied Science degree in radiologic technology from Atlantic Cape.

The program also will cover shorter technical training certificates, offered by Atlantic Cape’s Health Professions workforce programs for emergency medical technician, medical assistant and more, that lead to entry-level positions and open career advancement pathways. The session will detail the educational requirements to enter and advance in various health professions and will explore training options and alternate career routes. The planning session is tailored to those considering a career change, a return to school and to those currently completing studies toward a healthcare related degree.

To register for a session or for information, contact Glenda Stogel at (609) 343-5048 or email stogel@atlantic.edu., and leave your name, session selected and the number of people attending. Attendees should arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and collect materials.

Women’s Business Center to host Jump Start workshops

NORTHFIELD - The Latin American Economic Development Association Women’s Business Center will host its Jump Start Series of business workshops at the TD Bank at 1120 Tilton Road. The free, five-week course be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from April 4 through May 2. Topics to be covered include: Business Basics, Negotiation, Marketing, Time Management and Credit for Business.

“With a 42 percent unemployment rate, Atlantic County is our next target to bring free resources for women looking to build a business,” says Jamie Shanker, program manager of the WBC. “Most recent census data shows us that less than a quarter of businesses in Atlantic County are women owned. There is an opportunity here to foster growth for the local economy by tapping into women with a small business dream.”

“The workshops in this series are selected to not only appeal to the experienced woman business owner, but also the aspiring entrepreneur,” said Shanker. “Many businesses start without a business plan to guide their growth; a business plan is essential to success.”

“Our goal is to teach our clients universal strategies for understanding how a business works, these strategies are the basic building blocks of a successful business,” she continued. “If you want to get ahead in your business, learn how to find your target customer or are just not sure how to approach the idea of starting a business, the WBC Jump Start Series is coming to your county to help you. And it’s free.”

Workshops are free but space is limited. Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (856) 338-1177 or visit www.LAEDA.com.

Hammonton Community Cleanup scheduled for April 29

HAMMONTON - MainStreet Hammonton, Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Hammonton Green Committee have joined forces for the annual Community Cleanup and Downtown Planting scheduled for April 29. The rain date is May 6.

Volunteers are asked to register at 9 a.m. at the Historic Train Station at 10 S. Egg Harbor Road. “Work gloves and supplies will be provided. “We want to keep Hammonton beautiful, said Jackie Cappuccio, MainStreet Outreach Chair. “Last year we had over 50 volunteers turn out to help and it was fantastic! We hope to see more volunteers out this year.”

Teams will be created to work on various zones in the town. Volunteers will be given a choice to cleanup or plant flowers. In addition to the downtown cleanup and flower planting, residents are invited to pick up supplies to clean up their own street.

This community event is made possible because of donations from the Hammonton Exchange Club and Lion’s Club. “Our downtown looked beautiful last year with the all of the flowers in the beds, said Cappuccio. “We planted over 1400 flowers.”

Community service hours will be documented. Kiwanis Club, Victory Bible Church, St Joseph’s High School have already signed up.

To volunteer, call MainStreet Hammonton at (609) 567-9014 or email mainstreethammonton@ymail.com.

Free tree seedlings being given to Atlantic County residents

ESTELL MANOR - Free tree seedlings will be offered to Atlantic County residents from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1, while supplies last, at the Warren E. Fox Nature Center in the Atlantic County Park on Route 50.

The seedlings are provided as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign to help communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. This the fourth year of a five-year program during which the campaign plans to distribute 500,000 seedlings to residents throughout the state.

“We encourage residents to take advantage of this program that is helping to enhance our communities with the planting of trees,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “Trees benefit us in many ways, adding natural beauty, reducing home cooling costs and providing wildlife habitats.”

“Consider celebrating Arbor Day with the planting of new trees on your own property,” he added.

The seedlings will be distributed in bundles of five per household with instructions on storage, care and planting. Recipients are advised to plant the seedlings soon after receiving them to prevent the roots from drying out. Information will also include how to choose a proper planting site with the tree’s mature growth size in mind. All seedlings will be native to the coastal habitat of our area.

If you would like to participate, it is suggested that you call ahead to confirm seedling availability, especially if you are driving from a distance.

This distribution is a collaborative effort of Atlantic County government, the New Jersey State Forestry Services, the State Forest Nursery, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, and the Arbor Day Foundation.

For information, call the Division of Parks and Recreation at (609) 645-5960.

Initiative to help county residents find jobs

MAYS LANDING - The Atlantic Cape Community College Workforce Development Department, the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board and the Greater Atlantic City Chamber have partnered to form WorkAC, an initiative to help Atlantic County residents find employment.

The WorkAC office, located at the college’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus,1535 Bacharach Blvd., in Room W105 in the Caesars Entertainment Hospitality and Gaming Studies Wing, will be open until June 30. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments are not necessary.

Job-seekers will team up with a WorkAC success coach, who will serve as a navigator and advocate to help people find meaningful work. The coach will connect participants to information, resources and the office’s employment specialist.

“We are here to help because there are jobs,” said Sherwood L. Taylor, director, Workforce Development at Atlantic Cape. “The WorkAC program has people and resources to help you find work.”

The office is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

For information, call (609) 343-4624 or email Scott Griffin, WorkAC project coordinator, at sgriffin@atlantic.edu.

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