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SGLC residents receive flowers for Tu B’Shevat
GALLOWAY – The members of NextGen, along with Stemtations florist, brightened the day for the residents of Seashore Gardens Living Center with a delivery of 150 flowers and plants for Tu B’Shevat on Jan. 27. Tu B’Shevat is an annual celebration of the trees, marked by planting and other celebrations in Israel.
The Tu B’Shevat Mitzvah project was organized by NextGen, a program of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. NextGen is a network of socially conscious Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s in South Jersey. The group reached out to the community for donations for the plants, and coordinated with Stemtations for the delivery.
“This is the perfect ‘pick me up’ that we all needed today,” said Alysia Price, executive director, SGLC. “We send our heartfelt thanks to NextGen and the Jewish Federation. We are grateful for your love and support. You have made a difference more than you will ever know.”
For information, visit www.seashoregardens.org.
Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center hosts food distribution
BUENA VISTA – The Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center will host “food bank drive-up” events from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 and 17.
The center is at 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville.
For information, call (609) 704-7262 or email [email protected]
ACFPL offers new virtual reading buddies program
Children and teens are invited to participate in the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s new virtual Reading Buddies program.
The weekly program partners children ages 6 to 10 who want to work on their reading skills with teen volunteers.
The reading sessions will be held on Saturdays, from Feb. 20 through March 27 via Zoom.
The children and teens will read to each other 30 minutes per week. All sessions will be monitored by library staff.
Teens who would like to volunteer must attend a virtual training session on Feb. 6 and be available for all of the reading sessions.
Registration is required.
To register, visit www.acfpl.org or call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.
Atlantic County’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing continues
NORTHFIELD – Atlantic County’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing at 617 Dolphin Ave., will be available from 9 to 11: 30 a.m. Tuesdays.
Tests are administered by appointment only.
To make an appointment, call (888) 285-2684 or visit booknow-atlco.appointment-plus.com/b8nr4gd8.
For a list of additional COVID-19 test sites in Atlantic County, visit https://www.atlantic-county.org/covid/additional-testing-locations.asp.
Stockton University offers tax preparation information
GALLOWAY – Stockton University will host a free, virtual seminar, “How to Prepare for the Tax Season,” at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 via Zoom.
John Boyle, assistant professor of business studies, will address tax laws as they apply to individuals and businesses.
The Zoom link is attached to the seminar notice at stockton.edu/events.
ACFPL celebrates Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, the Atlantic City Free Public Library will host a virtual program, “A Visit with Langston Hughes” on Feb. 10 via Zoom.
Actor and historian Keith Henley from American Historical Theatre will portray Hughes. Henley’s portrayal deals with the issue of how to be oneself, and encourages all to join in the knowledge that “I too have a song to sing” and to ask the question “why not me?”
Hughes was a poet who utilized the American language, music, slang and religious views to educate the world about African American lifestyles during the Harlem Renaissance.
His jazz poetry depicted the real-life experiences of Blacks in the lower social-economic strata. His criticisms focused on the divisions and prejudices based on skin color within the Black community.
The program is free but registration is required. To register, visit www.acfpl.org or call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3075.
Other upcoming library programs include:
- Family Cook Night, 5: 30 to 6: 30 p.m. Tuesdays, from Feb. 2 through May 25. Families are invited to join and cook meals that acknowledge and celebrate Black life. Discussions and writing prompts will be focused on Black Lives Matter (and the pioneers within the movement). From history to present day, participants will celebrate Blackness through cooking, games and more. To register, visit www.acfpl.org or call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.
- Black Stories Matter: Virtual Book Club, 4 p.m. Feb. 24. The book club will discuss “Begin America: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own.” The library will give out copies of the book for registrants to keep, while supplies last. The audiobook version of this title is also available to library members through hoopla digital. To register, visit www.acfpl.org or call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3075.
MHAAC offers a ‘Too Much Stuff?’ group
The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County offers a “Too Much Stuff” group online.
This group is for everyone who wants to clean up and for those living with overwhelming clutter. This group will help individuals understand why people acquire and keep too many possessions. Participants will learn ways to support a healthier lifestyle.
The meetings are held at 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for Feb. 3 and 17 and March 3 and 17.
To receive a link or for information, call Carolyn Quinn at (609) 652-3800, ext. 303, or email [email protected]
Landaus create Marine Science Faculty Research Scholarship for Underrepresented Groups
GALLOWAY – Professor of Marine Biology Matthew Landau of Linwood and his wife, Brenda, an adjunct professor in the same field, have taught at Stockton University for more than 30 years and know the educational value of student research.
But they also know the time and cost of doing research can create barriers for many students, who may already be juggling a job along with their coursework.
The couple recently created the Marine Science Faculty Research Scholarship for Underrepresented Groups to assist a student from a traditionally underrepresented and underserved population in pursuing a research project under the guidance of a marine science faculty member. The annual $3,000 award will help fund supplies and travel related to the research.
In establishing this fund, the Landaus hope to play a small role in increasing the diversity of marine science students while also removing some of the financial barriers.
“We wanted to do something to promote interest in the earth sciences, but also help the best students do research,” Matthew Landau said.
The couple is targeting typically underrepresented students to help promote role models who can inspire others to consider marine science as a career.
In 2019-20, the Stockton University Foundation awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to 672 students. It was the first year the total awarded from the foundation has exceeded $1 million. The funds came from more than 1,600 donors and helped students pay for tuition and fees, but also additional expenses including books, and special projects like the Landaus’ new research scholarship.
“Typically, students can get funds to help pay for tuition and fees,” Matthew Landau said. “But there is not much money out there for undergraduate research. We want to help change that, and encourage more of our colleagues and others to do the same.”
While foundation scholarships help make college more affordable, specialized scholarship funds, like that of the Landaus, create opportunities for travel, research and study for a larger group of students who might not consider those options because of the cost.
“When students learn of these scholarships, it just opens a whole new world of possibilities to them,” said Dan Nugent, chief development officer and executive director of the foundation.
Students said the scholarships have not just helped them financially, but have also given them confidence that people believe in them. Many are hopeful that one day they can pay it forward to others.
The 2019-20 year also welcomed almost 500 new donors.
For information on donating to an existing scholarship or establishing a new scholarship, visit the bit.ly/2YqNj5U or call (609) 652-4528.
Stockton also offers scholarships to incoming freshmen. For information, visit stockton.edu/admissions/scholarships.
Absecon Lighthouse hosts wedding vow renewal
ATLANTIC CITY – Absecon Lighthouse will host its annual wedding vow renewal event on Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 with a twist. Due to gathering restrictions, couples are invited to take part in a mini vow renewal ceremony with a non-denominational minister in the Keeper’s Cottage.
A maximum of two couples, in person, every half hour from 1 to 4 p.m. may have their vows renewed, for a total of seven mini ceremonies for 14 total couples.
Then, at 4: 30 p.m., there will be a virtual vow renewal ceremony on Zoom for those wishing to stay home.
Cost is $40 per couple, for either an in person or virtual renewal, and includes a tower climb. As this is a fundraiser, additional donations are welcome.
The lighthouse is at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. It is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
For reservations, call (609) 449-1360. A ZOOM link will be emailed to those couples participating virtually.
For information, visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.
MHAAC offer ‘boomer chat’
The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County offers a “Boomers Chat Hour Online.”
Individuals who are “Baby Boomer” age meet virtually at 6: 30 p.m. Tuesdays to discuss common experiences and struggles. They also discuss how to stay well and remain “connected” during these challenging times. Participants share tips and strategies.
To receive a link, call (609) 652-3800 or email [email protected]
Stockton’s Institute for Lifelong Learning offers mini-courses
GALLOWAY – The Stockton University Institute for Lifelong Learning will host several mini-courses for the public.
Each course meets once a week for four weeks. All courses are taught by Stockton faculty and held virtually through Zoom. Cost for each course is $45.
“These short courses are an opportunity for community members to learn something new from the same professors who teach the courses at Stockton,” said Christine Ferri, associate director of the Stockton Center on Successful Aging and associate professor of psychology. “Participants can learn from experts and meet peers who are curious about topics as varied as African American music and the environment to brain health and poetry.”
The schedule includes:
Protect Our Planet: Problems and Solutions will be presented by Patrick Hossay, professor of sustainability, and Tait Chirenje, professor of environmental sciences and sustainability, 2: 30 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
This course covers some of the major environmental issues: urbanization, water quality, air quality (including climate change), and loss of biological diversity and subsequently examines some of the most promising solutions, including alternative energy, smart community design, and electric vehicles. The first two sessions will discuss how increased urbanization affects water recharge, traffic and commuting times as well as air and water quality. The next two sessions will examine some of the most promising solutions to these challenges.
Introduction to Visual Literacy will be presented by Jedidiah Morfit, associate professor of art/sculpture, 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Never before in human history has communication been so inextricably linked with visual images. Every photograph that accompanies every article in every newspaper or magazine, every ad on TV or the internet, every package of every product in the grocery story, every photo on Instagram, every scene in every movie – they all have a job to do. They are all intended to tell a story, generate a response, or make an argument. This class will provide a very broad overview to how images do their work, and how we can be smarter and savvier consumer of the visual culture that surrounds us.
Music of African Americans will be presented by Beverly Vaughn, professor of music and Africana Studies, 1 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25.
This course explores the development and influence of African Americans in the context of music-making in the United States. It surveys the West African musical influences as well as the growth of diverse genres of music ranging from spirituals to jazz, ragtime, soul, gospel, classical music, rap and hip-hop music with special emphasis on history, folklore and culture.
Think Humanities, Act Creatively: An Environmental Humanities Overview will be presented by Kristin J. Jacobson, professor of American Literature, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and American Studies, 3 p.m. March 1, 8, 22 and 29.
What do the humanities have to say about the climate crisis? How do the humanities help us “think globally and act locally”? This short course will overview the roles the humanities play in local and global environmental interventions. We will primarily focus on contemporary texts and contexts related to the United States but comparative examples will be included as well. Each week will introduce specific genres and disciplines, providing examples of how the humanities shapes and is shaped by environmental thinking: (March 1) environmental fiction and philosophy, (March 8) environmental art and history, (March 22) eco-popular culture and cultures of the extreme, and (March 29) environmental justice and film. A list of recommended titles to explore during or after the course as well as a short, optional full-text reading for each week will be provided electronically.
Optimal Brain Wellness: Current Research and Practical Strategies will be presented by Christine Gayda-Chelder, assistant professor of psychology, 1 p.m. March 4, 11, 18 and 25.
Evidence-based research continues to demonstrate the power of lifestyle factors in maintaining and enhancing brain health. This course will cover the neuroscience and neuropsychology of how various lifestyle choices impact the human brain. The field of psychoneuroimmunology will also be highlighted. Students will design and develop their own “roadmap to brain health” to begin a personalized program of brain wellness that is realistic, practical, and enjoyable.
Reading Poems: Celebrating Spring and the Natural World will be presented by Nancy Reddy, assistant professor of Writing and First-year Studies, 3 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28.
In this course, held during National Poetry Month, we’ll read poems about the natural world. After a tough 2020 and another winter of the pandemic, we’ll explore how poems can bring joy and wonder into our lives. We’ll read a range of contemporary poems, and the course will provide multiple entry points to reading and understanding poems. Whether you’re already an engaged poetry reader, or if you’re looking to explore something new, this course will have something for you.
To register or for information, call (609) 652-4311 or visit stockton.edu/aging/service-learning.
American Red Cross announces area blood drives
The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region has issued an appeal for blood donors. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand and prevent a blood shortage.
The following blood drives are scheduled in South Jersey:
- 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 3, VFW Post 220, 1209 Route 50, Mays Landing.
- 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 3, Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate City.
- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 4, Asbury United Methodist Church, 290 Asbury Ave., Egg Harbor Township.
- 12: 30 to 6: 30 p.m. Feb. 4, Pleasantville Blood Donation Center, 850 N. Franklin Ave., Pleasantville.
- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 5, Presbyterian Church, 6001 Main St., Mays Landing.
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6, Victory Bible Church, 816 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton.
- 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 8, Church by the Bay, 244 E. White Horse Pike, Galloway.
- 9: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Feb. 9, Pleasantville Blood Donation Center, 850 N. Franklin Ave., Pleasantville.
- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Christ Episcopal Church, 157 Shore Road, Somers Point.
- 12: 30 to 6: 30 p.m. Feb. 11, Pleasantville Blood Donation Center, 850 N. Franklin Ave., Pleasantville.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Absecon Presbyterian Church, 208 New Jersey Ave., Absecon.
- 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Jersey Shore Baptist Church, 216 S. Wrangleboro Road, Galloway.
To make an appointment, call (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
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