HAMMONTON - The Hammonton Education Foundation will hold its 13th annual Taste of the Town fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. April 3 at Hammonton High School. Proceeds from the event, at which local eateries will serve samples of their signature dishes, will help the foundation fund projects for the Hammonton School District.

About two dozen vendors are expected to participate. Among them will be Sweet Creations and The Cookie Cutter, which share space at 14 S. Second St.

•Jill Wong, owner of Sweet Creations, which creates wedding and specialty cakes, mini pastries, homemade fudge and cake pops, has previously participated in Taste of the Town.

•Robin Penza, owner of The Cookie Cutter, which offers custom themed cookies, cupcakes, brownies, muffins and cookie pops, will take part for the first time.

“We know the event gets a great turnout, and we really want people in town to know we’re here,” Penza said. “We really are pretty unique. The things we do at our bakery are unlike anything else that is done in Hammonton. Plus, this is a great way to support students in the local schools.”

Wong and Penza plan to serve cake pops, as well as a selection of cookies, brownies and muffins.

Taste of the Town is a major source of funding for the Hammonton Education Foundation, which has given more than $350,000 worth of grants to local schools since its inception in 2003.

This year’s event will be sponsored by BB&T Bank. The theme, “Through the Years,” coincides with the town’s sesquicentennial.

There will be raffle prizes and a 50/50. Entertainment will be provided by the Susan Watson Leiser Piano Studio, the Hammonton High School jazz band and Dance Magic.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, Joe Italiano’s Maplewood Inn and The Golden Feather. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.

For tickets or information, call (609) 432-7977, (609) 517-4731 or (609) 567-1734.

Fellowship for people with a drug addiction

BUENA VISTA - The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for people affected by a friend or family member with a drug addiction. As a Twelve-Step Program, they offer help by sharing experience, strength, and hope in a safe and anonymous forum.

Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Abundant Living Church, 849 Route 54.

For information, call (609) 805-3680 or (609) 561-6019.

Speaker to talk about autism awareness, education

GALLOWAY - Temple Grandin, a leading autism awareness and education advocate, will be the keynote speaker for the annual FACES 4 Autism conference on March 18 at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club. Her address will begin at 8:30 a.m. The annual FACES of Hope Award will also be given to two worthy recipients.

Grandin, whose extraordinary life story was the subject of the 2010 award winning HBO biopic “Temple Grandin,” will share with parents, educators and other professionals her personal experiences and observations in “Helping Different Kinds of Minds Find Careers.” Author of the new work, “The Autistic Brain,” she is a full Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a tireless advocate for the rights, including in the American workplace, of people of all ages along the autism spectrum.

Also, author and Sesame Street special project manager Frank Campagna will discuss his “Autism Daddy” blog, and “Things No One Ever Told Me After My Kid Was Diagnosed with Autism.” His humorously realistic blogs have comforted, and entertained commiserating parents and families of children with special needs for years.

FACES 4 Autism is a non-profit organization that supports children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum and those who love them. FACES provides autism education and resources to families and educators in the South Jersey area. It is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals on the spectrum through social opportunities and programs that will foster self advocacy, independence and dignity.”

For information, visit

Bay Atlantic Symphony to perform Tchaikovsky

GALLOWAY - The Bay Atlantic Symphony will perform selections by Tchaikovsky, New Jersey composer and pianist Steven Mento, and Brahms at 2 p.m. March 20 in the Performing Arts Center at Stockton University at

This program celebrates the symphony’s concertmaster and violinist Ruotao Mao, who will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Mento has written a piece for the symphony with deep roots in South Jersey, “Algonquian Dreamcatcher,” which is dedicated to the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape and all original people of the U.S. Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” will close the program.

The “Conversation with the Conductor,” with Jed Gaylin, will be held in the L-Wing Gallery at 1 p.m. March 20.

For patrons with special needs, the Stockton Performing Arts Center offers wheelchair accessible seating, large type programs and listening assistive devices. Patrons should identify any needs they may have when making a reservation.

Tickets are $32.

For tickets or information, call (609) 652-9000 or visit

Atlantic Audubon Society to meet March 23

GALLOWAY - Atlantic Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 23 at the Galloway Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. There will be a social hour followed by a presentation by Greg Prelich, who will discuss his recent trip to Colombia.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Gilda’s Club to address new mammography recommendations

LINWOOD - Gilda’s Club South Jersey will host “Understanding the New American Cancer Society Recommendations for Mammography and What It Means for Women” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 23 at 700 New Road.

Julianne Childs, medical director, HOPE Community Cancer Center, Anjeanette Brown MD, New Jersey Health Network and Peggy Avagliano MD, director of women’s imaging, Atlantic Medical Imaging, all members of the Gilda’s Club South Jersey Medical Resource Council, will be the presenters.

Registration is required.

To register or for information, call (609) 926-2699 or email

Downtown Hammonton to celebrate Easter Eggstravaganza

HAMMONTON - The Easter Eggstravaganza will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. March 25 in Downtown Hammonton. Each year, Downtown Hammonton businesses celebrate the Easter season and plan an afternoon filled with treats, games and activities for children of all ages.

The Easter Bunny will arrive at Sassy Sweets at 1 p.m., and then visit Second Street at 2 p.m. to dance the bunny hop and visit with the kids. Second Street will be a “kid-friendly zone” offering an Easter Bunny craft, bobbing for Easter eggs, face painting and more.

The annual Great Egg Drop will be held at the Toy Market with the winner being announced at 3 p.m. Kids will use their creative skills to attempt to prevent their raw egg from smashing and breaking on the ground below.

For information, call MainStreet Hammonton at (609) 567-9014 or visit

New Jersey author to be at book signing

MAYS LANDING - New Jersey author Stephanie Evanovich will be at Books-a-Million at 2200 Wrangleboro Road at 2 p.m. March 26 for a book signing for her newest book, “The Total Package.”

For information, call (609) 677-8901 or visit

Learn about a nursing career at Atlantic Cape Community College

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an information session for people interested in a nursing career from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 31 in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building, at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

The session will focus on Atlantic Cape’s registered nurse program, including the selection process and methods to prepare for the entrance exam. Attendees are advised to arrive 15 minutes in advance to sign in and collect handout literature.

The session is free and open to the public.

For information, call Glenda Stogel at (609) 343-5048 or (609) 463-4774, ext. 5048, email or visit

Community college accepting nominations for alumni award

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College’s Alumni Association Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for the Atlantic Cape Community College President’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes Atlantic Cape graduates who have distinguished themselves through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. This year, two alumni will be recognized for this award.

To make a nomination, visit Deadline for nominations is April 1. Nominations received after that date will be considered next year.

A panel of Atlantic Cape alumni will review the applications and make a recommendation to Peter L. Mora, president. The recipients will be announced and recognized at graduation on May 19.

Enjoy Jazz & Wine event April 2 at Beth Israel

NORTHFIELD - South Jersey Jazz Society and Beth Israel will co-host a Jazz & Wine event from 8 to 10:30 p.m. April 2 at Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road.

The event will include music by the Edgardo Cintron Azuca Band and a sampling of Latin wines plus cheese, fruit and dessert.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

For tickets or information, call (609) 641-3600 or visit or

Heartland Hospice looking for dedicated, caring volunteers

Do you have a special talent that you can share with hospice patients? Heartland Hospice is looking for dedicated, caring volunteers with a talent and an interest in making a difference for hospice patients and their families in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

Singers and musicians are needed to entertain our patients in nursing facilities. Yoga instructors, artists, quilters, knitters or other stress reducing modalities to teach to hospice family members so they are better able to deal with the stress of caring for a loved one.

Heartland volunteers offer support, companionship and practical, compassionate help. Some interact directly with patients and families. Others prefer to work behind the scenes in the office setting. As a volunteer, you help determine which tasks you’re best suited to perform.

Volunteer tasks may include:

•Helping with office support tasks at the agency.

•Staying with a patient so family members may rest.

•Reading to a patient or providing a comforting touch.

•Playing or singing soothing music to a patient.

•Keeping vigil with a patient in their final hours.

•Providing a friendly visit to lift a patient’s spirits.

•Providing veteran volunteer support to patients who are veterans.

•Certified pet visits.

These and other tasks are why hospice volunteers are such an essential part of the Heartland Experience.

For information or to volunteer, call (609) 641-4675.

Gateway WIC program helps mothers, children

Gateway Community Action Partnership operates the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties. The program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, lactation support, immunization education and health care referrals to income-eligible pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children through age 5.

Gateway WIC serves more than 27,000 clients annually with flexible hours at 11 offices and a full-service, health screening mobile office.

For information on the Gateway WIC program or nearest office location and hours of operation, call (856) 451-5600, (856) 225-5050 or (609) 347-5656.

It’s time to start or advance your health care career

ATLANTIC CITY - The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College offers a variety of programs to train individuals interested in starting or advancing their health care career including:

•Certified Home Health Aide: Participants will learn how to care for patients in a home setting. The 60-hour program begins April 1.

•Patient Care Technician: Participants learn basic patient care skills and behaviors needed for an entry-level position as a patient care technician, phlebotomist or EKG technician. The 440-hour program begins April 11.

•EKG/Monitor Technician: Participants learn the concepts behind electrocardiography, including the physiological steps of the cardiac cycle and its electrocardiograph readings. The 154-hour program begins May 3.

Recently displaced casino employees from Revel, Showboat, Trump Plaza and the Atlantic Club, as well as displaced employees of businesses within these casinos, are eligible for AtlantiCare scholarships. A limited number of scholarships are also available to AtlantiCare employees. If you are a displaced casino worker or AtlantiCare employee, visit to apply for the scholarship.

The State of New Jersey One Stop Career Center provides funding for qualified unemployed and underemployed individuals, also. Call One Stop at (609) 813-3900 to learn more about this funding opportunity. The review and funding process may take several weeks.

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings.

To register or for information, call (609) 343-5655 or visit

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