Places to go, things to do
ARTS & CRAFTS
AC Craft Market, indoor fine arts and crafts fair, noon to 6 p.m. last Saturday of each month through November, free. Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. (609) 626-3805. artsgarageac.com.
Growing Home School, a fun, educational place to meet up and socialize for homeschoolers, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays through November. (609) 567-2900. hammontonfamilysuccess.org. Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.
Computers 101, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 23, registration required. (609) 567-2900. hammontonfamilysuccess.org. Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.
Crocheting, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through November. (609) 567-2900. hammontonfamilysuccess.org. Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.
Exhibit, features artifacts, thousands of pictures, and research related to Somers Point, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. (609) 927-2900. www.somerspointhistory.org. Somers Point Historical Museum, 745 Shore Road, Somers Point.
Exhibit, “A Time for Change: Civil Rights in South Jersey,” sponsored by Stockton University and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and resulting from a collaboration with the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, explores South Jersey’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, from local desegregation and anti-discrimination movements, to iconic national events such as the 1964 Democratic National Convention protests in Atlantic City, the first Miss Black America pageant in 1968, the origins of Martin Luther King Day that same year, and racial conflicts in both Camden and Newark as well as how they fit into the larger context of a national movement, 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday, through Dec. 15, Bjork Library. (609) 652-1776. www.stockton.edu. Stockton University, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway.
Exhibit, “Hammonton: 150 Years of Agriculture,” showcases artifacts, documents, photographs and artists’ interpretations related to the topic of agriculture in Hammonton, through Dec. 31. Stockton.edu/Hammonton. Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, Stockton University, 30 Front St., Hammonton.
“Team Challenge,” based on Food Network’s “Kids Chopped,” designed for child and teen chefs who already know their way around a kitchen, offered monthly, fee $45; registration required. (609) 878-3488. www.kitchen-19.com. Kitchen 19, 19 S. Second St., Hammonton.
Christmas Fantasy with Lights, Santa will light the park each night at 5 p.m. through Dec. 23; and Christmas Fantasy with Lights, rides, attractions and snack bars will be open; Fantasy with Lights runs through Dec. 30; 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 18 and Nov. 25; and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 and Monday through Friday, Dec. 12 to 30; except closed Nov. 24 and Dec. 24 and 25, tickets $22.50 in advance or $25.50 at the gate for ages 2 and older. (609) 641-7847. www.storybookland.com. Storybook Land, 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township.
Holiday activities for children, features a Magical Talking Tree, stories and photos with Mrs. Claus, train rides and more, noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, hours for some activities may vary, Dec. 3 to 18, free admission; fees for some activities. (609) 748-8999. Historic Smithville, The Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Smithville.
Santa Express, Santa Express Limited, Santa Starlight Express and Winter Express, join Santa Claus for a train ride on the Cape May Seashore Lines, local trains depart from the Richland Station at 1275 Harding Highway; trains also depart from the Tuckahoe Station at Reading and Railroad avenues in Cape May; new this year, Cape May Seashore Lines will offer the Santa Express Limited, a shorter version of the train ride lasting about one hour; all trains except the Winter Express, include an opportunity to travel with Santa, snack service in the cafe and lounge cars and more; the Winter Express offers a post-Christmas opportunity to relax and enjoy a historic train ride; various times Dec. 3 through Dec. 27, tickets $10 to $30, advance ticket purchase recommended. www.the-santa-express.com. Facebook.com/CapeMaySeashoreLines.
Children’s Theater: “A Frozen Christmas,” Jack Frost tricks the Snow Queen Olga out of her magical snow powers and takes over Arendelle; he then banishes Olga, Annabelle, Christopher and Sven from the Kingdom; Olaf must get Santa and his reindeer to come to the rescue, 10 a.m. Dec. 3 and 4, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 and 9, 7 p.m. Dec. 23 and 10 a.m. Dec. 24, tickets $7 to $9. (856) 384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman.
Children’s Theater: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” features the classic story of the reindeer with the red nose, the elf who wants to be a dentist, a nasty Bumble and more, 10 a.m. Dec. 10 to 13, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14 to 16, 10 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17, and 10 a.m. Dec. 18 to 22, tickets $7 to $9. (856) 384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Zumba, with Kymbah, 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays, first session free. Dr. Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville.
Anxiety Peer Wellness Group, offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County/ICE Wellness Program, topics include: wellness, recovery, empowerment and more, 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, Hammonton. (609) 652-3800, ext. 303. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling and referrals, for people coping with addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers; also family members of people with addiction may receive support from trained peer counselors; confidential services, grant-funded, no cost to callers, available 24/7. (855) 652-3737 or TTY (877) 294-4356.
Support Group, for individuals living with mental health issues and addiction, 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Ventnor VFW, 601 N. Dorset Ave.; and 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Hope All Day Center, 600 S. Odessa Ave., Egg Harbor City. (609) 652-3800, ext. 303.
Support meeting, sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, for individuals living with Bipolar disorder, offers support, resources, education and information, 7 p.m. Mondays. (609) 652-3800, ext. 303. Ventnor VFW, 601 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor.
Women’s Wellness, common stresses and mental health challenges, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays. (609) 652-3800, ext. 303. AtlantiCare AIS, 1601 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City.
Alzheimer’s Support Group, for family members and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. 5:15 p.m. Second Tuesdays. Seashore Gardens Living Center, 22 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway.
“Clutter,” a weekly support group is offered to help individuals understand why they acquire/hold on to too many possessions and to learn ways to support a healthier lifestyle, 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway. Optional ongoing series follows at 2 p.m., which offers an opportunity to learn skills and develop plans to help with the emotional and physical challenges related to clutter. (609) 652-3800, ext. 303. Email email@example.com.
Intensive Family Support Services Support Group, 10:30 a.m. second Thursdays. (609) 652-3800, ext. 301. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway.
Nar-Anon Family Group Meeting, 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, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. (609) 805-3680. (609) 561-6019. Abundant Living Church, 849 Route 54, Buena Vista.
Celiac-Gluten Free Support Group, new members welcome, 7 p.m. third Tuesdays. Email Rosaliavalenti@aol.com. (609) 412-8361. AGA office, not affiliated with AGA, 3205 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township.
Caregiver Support Group, offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County in partnership with the Cape Atlantic Caregiver Coalition, for people caring for a child, spouse, sibling, parent or friend, includes resources, coping skills, self-care and support, 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, free. (609) 652-3800, ext. 304. Email email@example.com. Royal Suites, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway.
Aphasia Communication Group, offered by the Adler Aphasia Center and facilitated by a licensed speech language pathologist, provides people who have been diagnosed with aphasia with an opportunity to socialize with others who share similar experiences, provide tips to communicate more effectively, and provide time to practice communication skills in a natural environment; Aphasia is a language disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury; it affects spoken language, reading and writing, but does not affect a person’s intellect, 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Registration required. Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, 30 Front St., Hammonton. To register: (973) 530-3981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Adler Aphasia Center information: (201) 368-8585 or www.adleraphasiacenter.org.
Learn the art of environmental storytelling, presented by Brian Hayes from the National Storytelling Network and Monarch Teacher Network, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, free. (609) 652-1665. www.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe. Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge’s Visitor Information Center, 800 Great Creek Road, Galloway.
Vegetarian Workshop Series, with Academy of Culinary Arts alumna Chef Christina Martin, workshops run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; schedule includes: “Seven Greens Plant-based,” Dec. 3; workshop time: Cost: $65, per workshop; registration required. (609) 343-5655. www.atlantic.edu/ce. Kitchen 1 of the Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.
Concert: David Gray, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, tickets $59.50 to $75. (800) 745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood.
The Rat Pack: Together Again, features “Frank, Dean and Sammy” in a wonderful mix of song, comedy, sketches, and brilliant musical arrangement, 8 p.m. Nov. 25, tickets $25. (856) 384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org. www.ratpacktogetheragain.com. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman.
Concert: Rick Springfield: Stripped Down, 7 p.m. Nov. 27, tickets $49.50 to $59.50. (800) 745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood.
Concert: Dave Koz & Friends, 7 p.m. Dec. 4, tickets $42.50 to $175. (800) 745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood.
Concert: The Wizards of Winter, 8 p.m. Dec. 10, tickets $29 to $45. (800) 745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood.
John Denver Tribute: Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon, features a performance of John Denver hits including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song” and many more, 8 p.m. Dec. 30, tickets $30 and $40. (856) 384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman.
New Year’s Eve Greetings from Rock and Roll USA, features Joey Pucci & the American Longboards performing music from the 50s and 60s; plus a non-alcoholic toast when the “Broadway Ball” drops at 10 p.m., concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, tickets $25 and $35. (856) 384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman.
“Beyond the Barrens: A Pinelands Speaker Series,” presented by Batsto Citizens Committee and Wharton State Forest, topics include historical, cultural and natural aspects of South Jersey, 1 p.m. Second Saturdays, admission $2. Batsto Visitors Center, Wharton State Forest, Hammonton. (609) 561-0024. www.batstovillage.org.
Senior exercise, 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Fridays, free. (856) 322-7082. Email Hammontonseniors@gmail.com. Canoe Club of Hammonton, Hammonton Lake Park.
Book Club, 1 p.m. second Mondays, free. (856) 322-7082. Email Hammontonseniors@gmail.com. Canoe Club of Hammonton, Hammonton Lake Park.
Crocheting, knitting and stitch work, all skill levels, Miss Suzi, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, free. (609) 704-5752. Email Hammontonseniors@gmail.com. Canoe Club of Hammonton, Hammonton Lake Park.
English as a Second Language Class, for ages 18 and older, for people who speak Spanish and want to practice basic English speaking skills, 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, free. (609) 567-2900. hammontonfamilysuccess.org. Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.
Chess Club, learn how to play chess, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. (609) 567-2900. hammontonfamilysuccess.org. Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.
Holiday Light Show, features more than 120 Christmas trees magically floating over the lake, music and more, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Thanksgiving through Jan. 6. (609) 748-8999. Historic Smithville, The Village Greene, Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Smithville.
Night of Lights Country Christmas Hayride, a new holiday event which features an old fashioned hayride through the farm, complete with holiday lights, a nativity scene and Christmas music, 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26; and Dec. 1 to 3, 8 to 10, 15 to 17 and 19 to 24, admission $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 to 12, and $12 for ages 65 and older. (856) 223-1669. www.creamyacres.com. www.nightoflightshayride.com. Creamy Acres Farm, 448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill.
Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26. Downtown Hammonton. www.downtownhammonton.com. www.facebook.com/downtownhammonton.
Olde Tyme Christmas Program, features and music and more with the theme, “Tell me a Story; the Stories of Christmas,” 3 p.m. Nov. 27. (609) 636-7504. Historic Friendship Church, Weymouth Road and Friendship Road, Landisville.
Atlantic City Ballet’s “It’s A Shore Holiday,” features classical and contemporary dance set to holiday music, 4 p.m. Nov. 27, tickets $45 for adults, $20 for ages 18 and younger, senior and other discounts available. www.acballet.org. www.ticketmaster.com. Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars Hotel, Atlantic City.
17th annual Municipal Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fire Truck Parade, presented by the Buena Vista Township Special Events Committee, join Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves, who will arrive via fire truck, for holiday music and singalongs, hot chocolate and snacks; after the ceremony children may visit with Santa and tell him what’s on their wish list; attendees who bring a canned food or non-perishable food item for the local Food Bank will receive a ticket for a chance to win a prize, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. (856) 697-2100. www.buenavistanj.com. Buena Vista Township Municipal Building, 890 Harding Highway, Buena.
Annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting, includes tree lighting by Santa, local entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides and carolers throughout the downtown, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3; rain date Dec. 4.
Open House, features 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, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 and Jan. 7, 8 15, 21 and 22, free admission. E-mail email@example.com. www.patcongvalley.com. Patcong Valley Model Railroad Club, Route 40 and Fir Avenue, Richland.
“Winter in the Pines,” a holiday celebration presented by the Batsto Citizens Committee, features music by Pitman Original Hobo Band, tours of the mansion decorated for the holidays, carriage rides and more, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, fee for some activities. www.batstovillage.org.
An Evening With Molly Ringwald, features multi-talented star, Molly Ringwald and her jazz quartet; Ringwald is best known for her roles in films including “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink,” 8 p.m. Dec. 8, tickets $35. (856) 384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman.
Murder Mystery Dinner: “Murder Under the Mistletoe,” Harry Humbug, a toy company owner, has been murdered; Miserly Harry was not well liked and there are many suspects in his murder, including many employees of YuleTide Toys; guests will compete to win clues and solve the mystery; welcome reception, 6:30 p.m., dinner/show, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, tickets $63. (609) 965-2111. www.renaultwinery.com. Renault Winery, 72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City.
Open house: Academy of Culinary Arts, 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9. Register for open house at www.atlantic.edu/aca/visit.htm. Information: (800) 645‑CHEF, email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.atlantic.edu/aca. Academy of Culinary Arts, M Building, Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.
“Godspell,” a new experience, in the round, a timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love, various times through Dec. 11, tickets $30 to $40. (609) 704-5012. www.TheEagleTheatre.com. Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton.
“Once Upon a Christmas Dream,” follow Daniel on a magical adventure as he slips into the dreams of his family members on Christmas Eve; includes singing and dancing to Christmas music and holiday classics including “Away in A Manger,” “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” plus some original holiday songs, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2 to 18, and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18, tickets $28. (856) 384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman.
Information on VA, federal, state and county veterans benefits, with veterans advocate Lou Green, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Hamilton Mall, Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, Ruby Tuesday entrance.