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Attend Garden Talk and learn about growing healthy food

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Experienced and beginning gardeners are invited to attend a Garden Talk from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today in the community garden at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s Environmental Park at 6700 Delilah Road. In case of bad weather, the talk will be held in a meeting room in the park’s Geo Administrative Building . These informal talks are held in partnership with the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Atlantic County. They offer gardeners an opportunity to learn from knowledgeable Master Gardeners and for participants to ask questions about growing their own healthy food.

During this talk, Master Gardener Sue Scarlett will share information on saving seeds; how to harvest and preserve them for next year’s growing season. 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.

Additional garden talks will be held on Sept. 27, “Cover crops and cleaning up your garden,” and 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.

Atlantic Audubon Society will meet today

GALLOWAY - Atlantic Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Galloway Library, 306 E. Jim Leeds Road. A social hour will be followed by a presentation, “The Second Half of the Journey,” by Tom Baxter.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Protect your pets with a rabies vaccination

PLEASANTVILLE - Atlantic County health officials remind residents of the importance of protecting their pets with a rabies vaccination after a dog that was running with its owner near Waterway Drive on the Stockton University campus in Galloway was confronted and bitten by a fox. The fox was soon captured and sent to the state lab for testing where it was confirmed positive for rabies. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination but received a booster vaccination for added protection.

This is the second case of rabies in Atlantic County this year. The first case was confirmed in a domestic cat in Egg Harbor Township. Atlantic County had a total of 10 rabies cases last year involving four raccoons, three cats, two bats and one skunk.

Rabies is a viral disease that is fatal if left untreated. Pet owners are advised to protect their pets with a rabies vaccination.

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats once a month at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville. The next clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 27. Dogs must be brought on leashes and cats in carriers. For information, call (609) 485-2345 or visit www.aclink.org/animalshelter.

Dogs and cats who receive an initial rabies vaccination are not considered immunized until 28 days after the vaccine has been administered, therefore it is strongly recommended that any animal newly vaccinated or those too young to receive the vaccine (less than three months) not be left outdoors unattended. Situations have arisen where pet owners have left unvaccinated or newly vaccinated pets outdoors where they have sustained exposures to known or suspect rabid animals, resulting in euthanasia or four to six months strict confinement.

Public health officials also advise residents to teach your children to stay away from wild, stray or aggressive animals. Never feed or touch wild animals or try to keep them as pets. If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention.

Report all animal bites to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health.

For information about rabies control, precautions to protect your family and your pets, or to report a bite, call (609) 645-5971 or visit www.aclink.org/publichealth.

Hammonton First to hold a grand opening of its headquarters

HAMMONTON - Hammonton First will hold a Grand Opening Celebration to mark the official opening of its headquarters at 210 Bellevue Ave., next door to Casciano Coffee Bar in Downtown Hammonton. The free event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30. The celebration will include live music, food and drinks.

Steve DiDonato is running for Mayor on this year’s Hammonton First ticket, along with Tom Gribbin, Brooke Sacco and Richard Alverio, who are running for Town Council. Hammonton First is a local organization formed in 2005 comprised of Independents, Republicans and Democrats dedicated to improving the community of Hammonton.

Beginning on Sept. 6 and continuing through Election Day on Nov. 7, the headquarters will be staffed by volunteers and open seven days a week. Voter registration forms, vote by mail applications, candidate information and more will be available.

To get involved in the campaign or for information, call or text (609) 385-6088, email info@hammonton1st.com or visit www.facebook.com/hammonton1st.

Time to register for fall semester at Atlantic Cape

MAYS LANDING - There is still time to register for the fall semester at Atlantic Cape Community College. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 5. The last day to register in person is Sept. 1. Registration continues online through Sept. 4.

First-time Atlantic Cape students applying for fall semester are encouraged to inquire about Atlantic Cape’s Conditional Dual Admission agreements with Stockton, Fairleigh Dickinson and Rutgers universities.

Atlantic Cape’s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has 40 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.

The college offers 46 degree programs, with classes that include: Fundamental Drawing, Principles of Marketing, Public Speaking, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Macroeconomics, Advanced Computer Programming-Java, World Geography, Music Appreciation, World Myths and Legends, Child Psychology, Principles of Sociology and more.

To register online or view a schedule of fall courses, visit www.atlantic.edu/fall. For information, email fall@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000.

Register online at www.atlantic.edu/fall or in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; or the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Payment is due at registration. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Toy Market sponsoring outdoor Touch A Truck

HAMMONTON - The third annual outdoor Touch A Truck event, hosted by MainStreet Hammonton and sponsored and developed by Toy Market, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Vine Street parking lot behind the Toy Market, which is at 200 Bellevue Ave., and on Second Street.

The event will include interactive games, music and giveaways for children and their families. Free activities include access to all trucks, vehicles and equipment, along with children’s drivers licenses, a sand pile, a LEGO vehicle building area, games and prizes. Also, Kitchen 19 will feature a hot dog bar at its “Truck Stop.” Other Downtown Hammonton shops and restaurants will participate too.

Companies and individuals who would like to bring their vehicles for display should email info@mytoymarket.com to coordinate the details.

For information, call (609) 561-2121 or visit www.mytoymarket.com.

Fall classes at YMCA to begin week after Labor Day

VINELAND - The fall roster of classes at the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA/YMCA of Vineland will begin the week after Labor Day. Adult classes will run from Sept. 5 through Oct. 28. Most meet for eight weeks, either one or two times per week. They start as early as 5:45 a.m. and the latest run until 8:15 p.m. Classes include yoga, Spinning, Zumba, kickboxing and more.

YMCA youth sports will also begin immediately after Labor Day. This fall, volleyball and soccer will be offered. There will also be a new class called “Kickstart Fitness,” for children ages 11 to 13, from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Saturdays.

The YMCA is at 1159 E. Landis Ave.

For program information, including aquatic programs, call (856) 691-0030 or visit www.ccaymca.org.

Learn how to bake your own bread, pastries

MAYS LANDING - Have you ever wanted to learn how to bake your own bread or create your own pastries? Then join Chef Marylou D’Angelo at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College for her baking and pastry workshop series, beginning in September, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The following workshops are scheduled:

  • Bread Baking I will offer the hands-on experience of baking Vienna Bread, Savory Onion Focaccia and Black Olive Bread, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13. Cost is $65.
  • Bread Baking II explores how to roll, form and bake traditional Italian baguettes, Semolina loaves and individual Potato Rolls, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27. Cost is $65.
  • Wood-fired Oven/Artisan Breads is a two-day comprehensive workshop that will immerse you in the art of bread baking, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16. Cost is $225.
  • During Sinful Chocolate Desserts, learn how to make rich Chocolate Decadence Torte, Chocolate Espresso Crème Brulee and Dark Chocolate Mousse served in Chocolate Tulip Cups, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Cost is $75.
  • Holiday Pies teaches the steps to make Apple Pie, Blueberry Crumb Pie and Lattice-top Cherry Pie from scratch, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8. Cost is $75.
  • Holiday Cookies I demonstrates how to prepare the dough for Vanilla Crescents, Linzer cookies and Gingerbread Men, as well as Royal Icing, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29. Cost is $65.
  • Holiday Cookies II teaches how to bake Chocolate Crinkle-Top cookies, Almond Biscotti and Chocolate Florentine cookies, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Cost is $65.

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

Atlantic County Parks to host Plein Air event

Calling artists of all skill levels and experience to participate in the first Plein Air event hosted at the Atlantic County Parks System from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Participants are invited to sketch and paint outdoors at any one of the county parks that include Gaskill and Lake Lenape Parks in Mays Landing, the park at Estell Manor, Weymouth Furnace, Oscar E. McClinton Waterfront Park in Atlantic City, Leeds Point Nature Area in Galloway, the 7.5 mile county bikeway and more. The rain date is Sept. 16.

“This is a great opportunity to not only enjoy the natural beauty of our parks but to also learn more about the variety of resources and activities available within Atlantic County Parks,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.

Participants must register the day of the event at the Estell Manor Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Estell Manor. All work must be submitted by 6:30 p.m. that evening at the Nature Center. There is a $20 fee to participate.

The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Parks, Inc., a non-profit citizens group established in 1985 to help promote the parks, and Atlantic Cape Community College which will hold an exhibit of submitted works from Sept. 21 through Oct. 28 at the college’s art gallery on its Mays Landing campus. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three selections at the opening reception for the exhibit which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the art gallery.

For information, visit www.aclink.org/parks or Atlantic County Friends of the Parks on Facebook.

Hammonton Education Foundation sponsoring Recycling Central

HAMMONTON — The Hammonton Education Foundation will hold Recycling Central from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel grounds at Third and French streets. BB&T Bank will be the major sponsor of Recycling Central, which is part of Green Weekend in Hammonton.

“The Recycling Central event that our foundation holds each year has become an integral part of Hammonton’s efforts to be a strong green community,” event co-chairwoman Carol Orsi said. “We have been part of the Green Weekend since its inception. We feel helping our community live green while supporting our schools is a win-win for everyone.”

A mobile shredding unit from DocuVault Delaware Valley will be onsite to provide safe, secure disposal of old documents. Newspapers and magazines also will be accepted. Paper clips and staples are OK, but plastic or metal, including three-ring binders and binder clips, must be removed.

Local residents may shred up to three 33-gallon bags of paper for $20. Local businesses will be charged by the pound on a sliding scale, ranging from $50 for up to 150 pounds, to $250 for up to 1,000 pounds.

Proceeds will benefit programs that enhance the quality of education in the Hammonton School District. The education foundation will provide participants with a letter for tax purposes.

Several other community organizations will participate in Recycling Central:

  • Hammonton Lions Club will collect prescription and nonprescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, as well as hearing aids.
  • Atlantic County Library West will collect children’s books, cookbooks, self-help books, biographies and novels suitable for family reading.
  • The Hammonton High School Green Earth Club will collect cell phones that will be refurbished. Proceeds will benefit green projects at the school.
  • Migrant Worker Outreach of South Jersey will collect towels, beach towels and wash cloths.
  • Members of the Hammonton Green Committee will collect plastic bags.
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