Places to go, things to do: 14th annual Taste of the Town
Growing Home School, a fun, educational place to meet up and socialize for homeschoolers, 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays through February. (609) 567-2900. hammontonfamilysuccess.org. Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.
Computers 101, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 22, registration required. (609) 567-2900. hammontonfamilysuccess.org. Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.
Baking and Pastry Workshop, classes 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays; schedule includes: Fruit Sensations, Feb. 22; Italian Pastries. March 8; Easter Holiday Desserts, March 29; Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, April 19; and Spirited Desserts, May 3. (609) 343-5655. www.atlantic.edu/conted. Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic Cape Community College, Kitchen 2, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.
Shadowing the Chef, a new series of cooking demonstrations and food tastings, 6 to 9 p.m., schedule includes: Southern Staples, Feb. 23; Artisan Sandwiches, Beyond Grilled Cheese, March 2; Simple Pasta Sauces: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less, March 9; Seafood Cookery: Shellfish to Fin Fish, March 30; Sous Vide Cooking: New Technology Comes to the Home Cook, April 6; also a three-night series including What the Heck is “mise en place” Anyway?, April 13; Sensational Soups, April 20; and The Thrill of the Grill, April 27. (609) 343-5655. www.atlantic.edu/conted. Kitchen 1, Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.
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: “Black Cowboys & Buffalo Soldiers,” exhibit curator Kimball Baker and Commander Peter B. Walker of the 24th Infantry Regimental Combat Team and member of the Buffalo Soldiers, will participate in a panel discussion about the exhibit during the Second Friday reception; exhibit tells the story of the black cowboys and soldiers who have been absent from most historic accounts of the West; it focuses on the vital role that these African Americans played in America’s westward expansion and the success of the cattle industry; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, through April 30, donations accepted for admission. (609) 350-6662. www.aahmsnj.org. African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey at The Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City.
Exhibit: “Women in the Arts,” artist reception with awards presentation, March 2; exhibit during March. (609) 567-5360. Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton.
Documentary and discussion: “T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold,” presented in celebration of Black History Month, Stockton University and WHYY Philadelphia will offer a free preview screening and community dialogue on the documentary, the coming-of-age story of boxing phenomenon Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who won the Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23, free admission; reservations requested. https://t-rex.eventbrite.com. www.stockton.edu/hammonton. Kramer Hall of Stockton University, 30 Front St., Hammonton.
Groovy Kids, play sessions for toddlers and their caregivers, 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays through February, free. (609) 567-2900. hammontonfamilysuccess.org. Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave., 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.
Kidabaloo, features healthy snack information, design your own apron, Magician Chad Juros, facepainting, bounce houses, portable race cars, decorate your own cupcake, laser tag, paintball, nerf wars, Jurassic World The Exhibition, Boardwalk Photo Booth, horse rides, also includes an appearance by Jack Griffo who plays Max on Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans,” plus an inclusive activity area for special needs children, VIP admission, 11 a.m., regular admission, noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 25, tickets $10 per person, $35 for a family four-pack and $75 VIP. (800) 736-1420. www.ticketmaster.com. www.boardwalkhall.com. Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
Children’s Theater: “The Little Engine That Could,” when the larger engines refuse to pull a long train over a high mountain the task falls to a small engine, which has the motto, “I think I can, I think I can,” 10 a.m. March 9 and 10 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 11, tickets $10. (856) 858-5230. www.ritztheatreco.org. The Ritz Theatre, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township.
Ladies Night Out, hosted by Family Service Association of South Jersey, features fine dining, wine tasting, designer bag auction and more, 6 p.m. Feb. 23, tickets $40. (609) 569-0239. www.FSAsj.org. Proceeds benefit the association’s programs for families and children in South Jersey. Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield.
14th annual Taste of the Town, sponsored by Hammonton Education Foundation, theme “Food with Friends,” features an opportunity to sample signature dishes from area vendors including Costello’s Pizza, Taste of the Olive, Bun in the Oven, Mott’s Creek Inn, Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Roma Pizza, The Funky Cow, Atco Diner and more, includes entertainment by students from the Susan Watson Leiser Piano Studio, dancers from the Dance Magic Studio, cast of Hammonton High School’s production of “Anything Goes,” and students from The Voice Studio of Marissa Carrafiello; also includes raffles including a 50/50, 3 to 6 p.m. March 5, tickets $25 for adults and $10 for students; may be purchased at Casciano Coffee Bar & Sweetery, Joe Italiano’s Maplewood Inn, The Golden Feather and Atco Diner; a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. (609) 432-7977. (609) 517-4731. (609) 567-1734. Proceeds help the foundation fund innovative projects in the Hammonton School District. Hammonton High School, 566 Old Forks Road, Hammonton.
Concert: Patrizio Buanne, an international superstar performs a special concert to benefit St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, 8 p.m. March 17, tickets $25 to $85. (800) The-Trop. https://tropicana.net. (800) 745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com. Tropicana, Brighton and Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
38th annual St Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 10-miler and 5K run, registration, 7 to 9 p.m. March 17 and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 18, race, 10 a.m. March 18. www.jbsportstiming.com. Proceeds benefit the Donny Fund and the South Jersey Field of Dreams. (609) 641-8666. www.jbsportstiming.com. Run starts at Chickie’s and Pete’s at Tropicana in Atlantic City.
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.
Speak of the Spectrum Group, a meeting for LGBTQ individuals and supportive family/friends which offers an opportunity to discuss experiences, learn about the community, find support and discuss relevant topics, meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway. (609) 652-3800.
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.
Concert: Don’t Call Me Francis, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24, tickets $10. (609) 965-2111. www.renaultwinery.com. Renault Winery, 72 Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City.
Concert: Madeline Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones, 8 p.m. March 3, tickets $39 to 75. (800) 745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood.
Concert: Florida Georgia Line: Dig Your Roots 2017 Tour, also features Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane, 7 p.m. March 17, tickets $31.75 to $77. (800) 736-1420. www.ticketmaster.com. www.boardwalkhall.com. Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
Concert: 38 Special, known for songs including “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You” and “Fantasy Girl,” 8 p.m. March 18, tickets $45 to $65. (800) 843-8767. https://tropicana.net. Tropicana Casino & Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
Concert: Rita Coolidge, features songs including “We’re All Alone,” “Higher and Higher,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” and more, 8 p.m. March 25, tickets $40. (856) 384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman.
Concert:Charlie Wilson’s In It To Win It Tour, also features Fantasia, Johnny Gill and Solero, 7:30 p.m. March 31, tickets $35 to $249.50. (800) 736-1420. www.ticketmaster.com. www.boardwalkhall.com. Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
Concert: Tower of Power, 8 p.m. April 29, tickets $39.50 to $59.50. (800) 745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood.
“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 Mondays and Fridays in February, 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.
Trivia Night, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. (609) 965-2111. www.renaultwinery.com. Renault Winery, 72 Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City.
Facing a move or need to downsize?, learn how at a presentation by Jared Willmann, a downsizing expert, sponsored by Stockton University’s Center on Successful Aging, 1 p.m. Feb. 22, free, registration required. (609) 626-3591. stockton.edu/scosa. Kramer Hall of Stockton University, 30 Front St., Hammonton.
Jersey Shore Wine Festival, offers an opportunity to sample and purchase more than 150 of New Jersey’s finest wines from Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery, Bellview Winery, Chestnut Run Farms, DiMatteo Vineyard, Old York Cellars, Plagido’s Winery, Sharrott Winery, Southwind Vineyard & Winery, Tomasello Winery, Valenzano Winery, Villari Vineyards and Wagonhouse Winery; also features artisan crafters, hand-painted glass and live entertainment, noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 and noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 26, tickets $25, includes tasting glass, a cheese and fruit plate and optional wine seminars. Grand Exhibition Center, Tropicana, Brighton and Boardwalk, Atlantic City. (800) The-Trop. https://tropicana.net. (800) 745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com.
Second annual Gravy vs. Sauce competition, sponsored by the Hammonton Rotary Club, 3 p.m. Feb. 26, entry fee for contestants $10; tickets $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger, include tasting of all the entries, a salad bar, unlimited spaghetti, dessert bar, soft drinks and coffee; guests may bring their own beverages. Hammonton Fire House No. 2, 51 N. White Horse Pike, Hammonton. hammontongravyvssauce.com. Facebook: Rotary Club of Hammonton, NJ.
15th anniversary celebration, features food, cocktails, entertainment and a silent auction; plus recognition of donors, volunteers, supporters and Stockton University; dress is cocktail/business, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27, tickets $80, includes parking. Proceeds will support free admission to the museum and the traveling museum educational program. (609) 350-6662. Email email@example.com. www.aahmsnj.org. African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey at The Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City.
Miss Buena Vista Township Pageant, also includes a 50/50 raffle and a prize auction, doors open, 12:15 p.m., lunch, 12:30 p.m., pageant, 1 p.m. March 5, tickets $25. (856) 697-2100, ext. 8. Villa Fazzolari, 821 Harding Highway, Buena.
12th annual Lines on the Pines, features more than 50 Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans who will sign their books, display their artwork and crafts, play music and more. There’s also a Lines on the Pines for Kids area with hands-on displays, crafts and activities with a focus on the Pine Barrens, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12, free. www.linesonthepines.org. Renault Winery, 73 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City.
“Savory Saturdays,” cooking demonstrations presented by the Academy of Culinary Arts of Atlantic Cape Community College, March 18 and April 15. (800) 645-CHEF. www.atlantic.edu/aca. Hamilton Mall, Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.
Ghost Investigation, participants will hunt for ghosts in five paranormal "hot spots" identified by New Jersey Researchers of Paranormal Evidence at the property, museum and tower in their previous paranormal investigations; participants will use equipment such as digital voice recorders, infrared thermal sensors, K2 meters and digital cameras, 7 to 10 p.m. March 18, tickets $45, reservations required. (609) 449-1360. www.abseconlighthouse.org. Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City.
Comedy: Dom Irrera, 8 p.m. March 25, tickets $40 to $55. (800) 843-8767. https://tropicana.net. Tropicana Casino & Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
“Barefoot in the Park,” a romantic comedy by Neil Simon, a one-set play that takes place in a New York City apartment, following the lives of Corie and Paul - newlyweds fresh home from their honeymoon; the pair must learn to adjust to married life at their apartment, find a way to balance romance and work, handle quirky neighbors and occasionally the snow as it falls through their broken skylight, various times Feb. 24 through March 19, tickets $28. (856) 384-8381. www.thebroadwaytheatre.org. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman.
“To Kill A Mockingbird,” based on the novel by Harper Lee; it’s 1935 and racial tensions are high in Maycomb, Ala.; young Scout manages to live a carefree existence until her father, Atticus Finch, defends, Tom Robinson, against a potential death sentence, which looms against him because of prejudice due to race; Scout learns that “growing up” often means doing what is right, even when it comes at great cost, various times March 2 to 19, tickets $20.50 to $33.50. (856) 858-5230. www.ritztheatreco.org. The Ritz Theatre, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township.
Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” true comedy ensues when a modern man in the hip sixties looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again … and again, 7:30 p.m. March 8, tickets $32. (609) 652-9000. stockton.edu/pac. Stockton Performing Arts Center, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway.
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.