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Reception planned for artists of African American Icons

ATLANTIC CITY - The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey at The Noyes Arts Garage will host an exhibit, African American Icons, from Sept. 8 through Nov. 28 at 2200 Fairmount Ave. The exhibit features portraits of well-known African American figures rendered in pencil and ink by artists Richmond O. Garrick and Aaron P. Pines. Both artists are expected to attend a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

For information, call (609) 350-6662 or visit www.aahmsnj.org.

Mobile Digital Mammography Van to visit county locations

The AMI Foundation’s Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van will be at the following Atlantic County locations this month:

  • ShopRite, Hammonton, Sept. 8.
  • Southern Jersey Family Medicine, Atlantic City, Sept. 14.
  • Atlantic County Health Services, Northfield, Sept. 20.

The screenings are for women age 40 and older with no current or past breast issues. Screenings are processed through their insurance. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. A prescription may not be needed.

To schedule an appointment or for information, call (609) 677-9729 or visit www.amifoundation.net.

Learn to ‘Outsmart the Scammers’ at Stockton Center

MAYS LANDING - Stockton Center on Successful Aging will present Outsmart the Scammers” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at Woodview Estates Assisted Living at 5030 Unami Blvd.

Incidents of fraud are on the rise and scammers’ tactics are becoming more complex, which is why it is important to learn about fraud. While no one is immune to the tactics of a scammer, there are steps one can take to “Outsmart the Scammers.” Join the Stockton Center on Successful Aging for an informative presentation and learn about important strategies to help protect oneself and others from scammers.

Participants will learn:

  • How to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter.
  • Resources to turn to in the event you are targeted.
  • Steps to take now to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Admission is free. Lunch will be provided by Woodview Estates Assisted Living.

To register or for information, call (609) 625-4878.

Kathedral Event Center to host ‘For Your Convenience’

HAMMONTON - Kathedral Event Center will host a screening of the movie, “For Your Convenience,” which was written and directed by Matthew Talbot, St. Augustine Prep, Class of 2018, and Joey Celia, Williamstown High School, Class of 2017, on Sept. 14 at 499 S. Egg Harbor Road.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Event will begin at 7 p.m.

The movie tells the story of two teenagers whose lives become complicated when they take up crime to pay for college tuition. The event will include a brief introduction by Talbot and Celia. Following the screening, the directors, cast and crew will be available to answer questions regarding the filmmaking process.

The movie is recommended for ages 14 and older as the film contains adult language.

Tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit the Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish.

For tickets or information, call (856) 685-6664 or visit www.kathedral.com.

Choose a career path in environmental science

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - While choosing a career path is not easy, there’s a new initiative to offer some guidance to high school students who are considering an environmental career. The Atlantic County Utility Authority’s Explorer Post will offer opportunities for young people to learn about a wide variety of jobs that they might not even know about. It will emphasize career exploration, leadership experience, character education, life skills and service learning, all with a focus on environmental career fields.

“People are usually surprised when they come for a tour and learn about projects and initiatives that we’ve been able to implement here at the ACUA,” president Rick Dovey commented. “Hosting an Explorer Post gives us a chance to introduce students to jobs that they might not be aware of. Participants will be able to interact directly with the people who work in a variety of career areas.”

From recycling to water treatment and testing, ACUA employees with diverse skills and training perform a wide variety of jobs which protect the local environment. Explorers will learn about the work that goes into designing, implementing and operating some of the ACUA’s green initiatives. Participants will be introduced to engineers, chemists, mechanics, electricians and operations staff who will share information about their careers and experience. “Getting to talk to someone who works in the field is very helpful. Hands on activities are a big part of what makes this program fun and interesting,” Dovey added.

The program is open to high school students and it will meet one evening a month at ACUA. Explorers will engage with staff from a different department each month to learn about the work they do and what skills and training are needed for different jobs.

Students and their families are invited to attend an open house to learn more about the program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Recycling Center at the Environmental Park at 6700 Delilah Road.

There is no cost to attend the open house, but there is a registration fee for the program.

To register for the open house or for information, call (609) 272-6950 or visit acua.com/explorer.

Eagle Theatre to present ‘The Shape of Things’

HAMMONTON - The Eagle Theatre will present playwright Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things,” a fast-paced, razor sharp, 90-minute dramedy, that revels in delightful exploration of the power of art, perception and deception.

The show peels back the skin of modern-day relationships to their core, asking questions such as; “How far would you go for love?” “For art?” “What would you be willing to change?” “What price might you pay?”

Show dates are Sept. 15 to 17, Sept. 20 to 24, Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, Oct. 4 to 8 and Oct. 11 to 15. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Cast members are: Maggie Griffin Smith as Evelyn, Max Redman as Adam, Khalil McMillan as Phillip; and Darby Pumphery as Jenny. Understudies are: Macy Jae Davis as Evelyn, Alan Stentiford as Adam, Tim Rinehart as Phillip; and Meaghen Cutting as Jenny.

In addition to the play, audiences will have an opportunity to view an art exhibit. The schedule includes: Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University, Sept. 15 to 17; Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Sept. 20 to 24; ArtC - South Jersey Artists, Sept. 27 to Oct. 1; Perkins Center for the Arts, Oct. 4 to 8; and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Oct. 11 to 15.

Co-Artistic Director Ed Corsi added, “Patrons should arrive to the Eagle Theatre up to one hour early to really soak in the exhibit, Sharrott Winery tastings, and delectable hors d’oeuvres, compliments of local caterer Kitchen 19. It is going to be a social, sophisticated, art-infused, theatrical event!”

The theater is at 208 Vine St.

Tickets are $20 to $40.

For tickets or information, call (609) 704-5012 or visit www.eagletheatre.org.

Stockton University seeks volunteers for research project

ATLANTIC CITY - Stockton University seeks volunteers for a research project being conducted in Atlantic City, which will explore which lifestyle factors have the most significant impact on the degree of connectivity among different regions of the brain.

“As we age, we routinely participate in screenings of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar,” noted Jessica Fleck, associate professor of psychology. “However, many individuals have never participated in a screening of brain health and function. The National Institute on Aging suggests that changes in the physical brain may occur a decade or more before changes in memory and thinking are observed. However, research has suggested that lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and education can influence how the brain changes during aging."

The research project, “The Relationship between Brain Activity and Cognitive Reserve,” will be conducted at the Stockton-Rothenberg Building at 3430 Atlantic Ave.

The study will include two sessions beginning in early September, with each session lasting about an hour. Participants will be compensated for their time.

“We are looking for healthy participants who are between 45 and 64 years of age, but are particularly interested in participants who are African American or Hispanic,” Fleck said. Rates of dementia and cognitive decline are significantly higher in African American and Hispanic older adults than they are for Caucasian older adults, so it is vital to learn more about brain connectivity in diverse participant groups, Fleck said.

Participants must be right-handed and have no prior diagnosis of dementia, neurological disorder or traumatic brain injury. Latino participants will need to be able to read and write in English. The project involves the use of EEG, which measures electrical activity in the brain. Tests of memory and thinking will also be administered in a second session.

For information, call (609) 626-3444 or email eeglab@stockton.edu.

Eagle Theatre receives Barrymore Award nominations

HAMMONTON - The Eagle Theatre announced that it has received the following Barrymore Award nominations: Outstanding Production of a Musical: “Godspell,” Outstanding Music Direction: Jason Neri for “Godspell,” Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical: Tim Rinehart, “Peter and The Starcatcher,” and Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Ted Wioncek III for “John & Jen.”

Atlantic Cape offering 29 professional certificate programs

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer 29 Professional Certificate Series programs this fall that give students entry-level skills for specific jobs. Each series can be taken on a part-time basis in the day or evening with many courses available online. Students begin and end the program at their own pace, and many programs can be completed in one year. In addition, credits earned may be applied toward an Atlantic Cape associate degree.

Programs provide training in a variety of positions, ranging from an addiction counseling specialist to an unmanned aircraft specialist with many programs focusing on computer careers. Two such programs are the PC Specialist and the Web Design Professional.

The PC Specialist series is designed for those who own a business, work in an office, want to develop Internet proficiency or update their skills. Students will learn how to select and use hardware and software for a business and how to supervise a small PC operation. This one-semester series also will cover common business software applications, PC operating system software, file management, multimedia, and the Internet and the World Wide Web.

The college also will offer Web Design Professional, a two-semester series designed for professionals who would like to become proficient in web page design techniques. Students will use industry-standard design applications while exploring theoretical web design concepts and generally accepted development techniques for web, web graphics and animation design. Upon completion of these courses, students will be prepared to sit for the Macromedia Dreamweaver Developer Certification exam.

For a complete listing of all Professional Certificate Series programs or information, (609) 343-5000 or (609) 625-1111, ext. 5000, email accadmit@atlantic.edu or visit www.atlantic.edu.

Model railroad club to hold an open house Sept. 16

BUENA VISTA - Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the club at Route 40 and Fir Avenue in Richland.

Visitors will have an opportunity to see highly detailed HO-scale models of many different trains, operated on a large realistic model railroad through beautiful scale scenery of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern New York State.

Admission is free.

For information, email patcongrr@comcast.net or visit www.patcongvalley.com.

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