NEW St. James Live Nativity
Holy Trinity Parish will present its annual Live Nativity 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at St. James Church, 6415 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. Religious education students and parishioners play the roles, sing carols, recite prayers. Live animals, including camels, sheep and donkeys. For more, call the parish at 609-822-7105.
NEW Breakfast with Santa
The Ventnor City Education Association will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 9 in the cafeteria at Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage muffins, tea, coffee and juice. VECC Choir performs, holiday crafts and shopping, face painting and pictures with Santa. See. vceanj.org.
NEW Sol Life event
Sol Life will host its second annual community event noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Enlightened Cafe, 6414 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. The event includes spiritual music, art, holistic vendors, speakers, workshops and demonstrations. Two-time Grammy nominee Dalien 13 Hands, professor of yoga and sound therapy will perform. Program benefits Hansen Foundation. For more, see The Sol Life Movement on Facebook.
NEW Santa and the Mrs. visit Absecon Lighthouse
Santa and Mrs. Claus and their Lighthouse Elves will visit the Absecon Lighthouse, 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City 12-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Holiday crafts, shop the gift shop and tree lighting at 1 p.m. Climb to the top to meet Santa Claus. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-12. All proceeds benefit Absecon Lighthouse educational programs. Call 609-449-1360 or see abseconlighthouse.org.
NEW Storytime with Mrs. Claus
The Longport Public Library, 2305 Atlantic Ave., will host Storytime with Mrs. Claus 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Read with Mrs. Claus, enjoy hot chocolate, snacks, crafts, and more. For more see longportnj.gov/library or call 609-487-7403.
Twilight Holiday Parade
Ventnor will hold its second annual Twilight Holiday Parade 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 on Ventnor Avenue between Dudley and Troy avenues. The theme "It's a Small World" celebrates Ventnor's diverse population. More than 60 units are expected to take part in the parade. A Kids Block Party will be held at the end of the parade route on Troy Avenue. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, an obstacle course, inflatables, concessions and vendors. To participate call Sean Gleason at 609-289-2791, Shelley D'Orazio at 267-980-7632 or Albie Battaglia at 609-576-7621.
Holiday tree lighting
Ventnor will hold its holiday tree lighting 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at Ventnor City Hall, 6201 Atlantic Ave. All are welcome to join this festive occasion. Bring the children for a meet and greet with someone special, cookies and hot chocolate.
The Longport Historical Society will present its annual free holiday concert 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Church of the Redeemer, 20th and Atlantic avenues.
Beth El menorah lighting
Beth El Congregation, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, will light the first candle on the large menorah outside the synagogue 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. Cantor Ralph Goren will lead the ceremony. Call 609-823-2715.
Ventnor menorah lighting
Ventnor's annual menorah lighting will be held 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Chabad Chai Center, 6605 Atlantic Ave. Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant menorah, refreshments include hot chocolate, doughnuts and Hanukkah treats. The children's choir will perform. Admisison is free and all are welcome. Call 609-822-8500.
Afternoon at the Movies
Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, will hold Movie Afternoon 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. The movie is "Within the Whirlwind," starring Emma Watson. The movie is based on the true story of Eugenia Ginzburg, a young woman who spends 18 years in the gulag in Siberia. Cost is $5 and includes light snacks. Call 609-823-2725.
Toys for Tots drive
The Ventnor City Clerk’s Office is collecting Toys for Tots 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Bring an unwrapped toy to the clerk's office for distribution to children in the community. The deadline for the toys to be dropped off is 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13.
Mahjong Game Day
Beth El Synagogue, 500 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, will hold its first winter Mahjong Game Day luncheon Thursday, Dec. 14. Lunch and snacks provided, along with some surprises. Bring your own games. Cost is $12. Reservations required. Call 609-823-2725.
JCC Coffee Klatch
Social group meets for conversation about Israel and U.S. news and world events 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at the Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Free and open to the community. Call 609-822-1854.
Holiday Art Show and Sale
The Ventnor City Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave., will hold its Holiday Show and Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16. The event will feature work by local artists, including handmade pottery, jewelry, mosaics, paintings and glass. Refreshments and live music. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For information, call the arts center at 609-823-7952.
Chabad Chanukah Bounce Party
Chabad Chai Center of Ventnor will have a Chanukah Bounce Party 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Blake's Gymnastics, 1225 W. Mill Road, Northfield. Bounce, tumble and play, enjoy Chanukah treats and a menorah lighting ceremony. Raffles and prizes. Donation is $8 per child, $20 cap per family. RSVP at 609-822-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chanukah Family Fun
The Milton & Betty Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate will offer community Chanukah Family Fun 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Times are 4:30 p.m. for children; 5 p.m. entertainment for all; 5:45 p.m. menorah lighting; and 6 p.m. dinner and Chanukah goodies. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. RSVP at 609-822-4404.
The Atlantic City Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at Circus Maximus Theater at Caesar's Atlantic City. For tickets see acballet.org or call 609-348-7201.
Brunch and Learn
The Milton & Betty Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate offers a Brunch and Learn event 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. Maccabees, Light and Chanukah: Messages for Today and tomorrow will be facilitated by Rabbi David M. Weis. Movie is "Watermarks: The Jewish Swimming Champions who Defied Hitler." Cost is $3 for JCC members in advance, $6 for guests; $5 for JCC Members at the door, $8 for guests. Call 609-822-4404.
Members of Beth El Congregation in Margate will volunteer their time on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, to visit residents of Seashore Gardens Living Center in Galloway Township. The volunteer service was started by past members Bella and Lowell Gluck and continues in their honor. To volunteer, call Seashore Gardens at 609-404-4848 and ask for Missy.
Atlantic City High School student Mackenzie Smith is collecting socks for the homeless in Atlantic City. Her goal is to collect 200 pairs by Jan. 1. Donations can be dropped off at the Margate Municipal Building, Ventnor City Hall, Marketplace Realty, Berkshire Hathaway offices in Margate and at the JCC. For information email email@example.com.
The Milton & Betty Katz JCC will present a discussion of "The Patriots"by Sana Krasikov, facilitated by Meryl Rodgers, a docent educator at the Museum of American Jewish History, 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. The program will also be presented at Beth Israel in Northfield at 7 p.m. The book tells the untold story of a generation of Americans abandoned by their country, and the secret history of two rival nations colluding under the cover of enmity. Books available for $15. Call 609-822-1854.
Ventnor Senior Transportation Service seeks volunteers to help from 8:45 a.m. to noon one morning a week as a van driver or dispatcher. The senior service provides local residents with transportation to appointments, the supermarket, salons and banks in the Downbeach towns. For more information, call Lou Myerowitz, the coordinator, at 609-823-7994.
Guys Get Together
All men welcome for camaraderie, discussions, games or meeting with friends 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave. For information, call 609-822-4700.
Chabad at the Shore
Chabad Chai Center, 6605 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor, holds ongoing programs at the center. Whiskey, Wings and Wisdom — The Tastiest Torah class is held 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport presents Torah studies 12:15 p.m. Friday afternoons; and Tova Rapoport presents Women's Parsha Class 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the center, 8223 Fulton Ave., Margate.
Fall Programs at the Longport Library
The Longport Library, 2305 Atlantic Ave., will host weekly programs throughout the fall. Weekly children's programs include Homework Help Tuesdays at 5-8 p.m., Lego Club Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m. Storytime and Crafts at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday and Makerspace Challenge for all ages at 3:30 p.m. and Game Spot Saturday 3-4 p.m. every Saturday. Adult programs include Technology Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Pinochle Club for new and experienced players Tuesdays at 3 p.m., and Wednesday Writer's Group at 10 a.m. Longport Needlers meet 10 a.m. on Mondays, Sandy Pages every third Monday at 1 p.m. Memoir Writers Group meets Friday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. For more see longportnj.gov/library or call 609-487-7403.
Checkmates Chess Club
Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave., will hold an open chess program for all ages every Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m., through Dec. 30. Join chess expert Ken Esada and play a friendly game or two. Beginners are welcome; the games double as lessons. Call the library at 609-823-4614.
Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave. welcomes adults to join a quilting and knitting group that meets 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday through Nov. 28 (except Tuesday, Nov. 7 when the library is closed for Election Day). The program is free. All levels of experience are welcome. Join the group to stitch, loop, knit, crochet, craft and chat. Call the library at 609-823-4614.
Read and Play Baby
Atlantic County Library System/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave., invites little ones between the ages of 12 and 36 months to its young storytime activity, 10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings Nov. 9 and 16 and Dec. 7 and 14. Registration is requested for any session. Come enjoy stories, songs, stretches, rhymes, puppets, felt boards, fingerplays and more with your child.Call the library at 609-823-4614.
Need a Ride?
The Ventnor Senior Transportation Service provides free rides to the market, bank, beauty salon, doctor's office or lab in Longport, Margate and Ventnor to Ventnor residents age 60 or older without serious handicaps. The shuttle will operate 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. To arrange a pickup call 609-823-7994 the day before and leave a message.
Tour the Historic Organs at Boardwalk Hall
The Historic Organ Restoration Committee Inc. presents free half-hour recitals and tours of the historic organs at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City at noon Monday through Friday, May through September. Full behind-the-scenes tours are available 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday year-round. See boardwalkorgans.org or call 609-402-9584.
Senior activities in Ventnor
The Ventnor Senior Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave., offers various programs for senior citizens 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Transportation is provided by a county bus if needed. Lunch is provided for a small donation. For information call Diane Cherry at 609-822-9239.
Senior activities at the Rosin Center
The Rosin Center at the Herman Pogachefsky Senior Pavilion, 1102 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, holds weekday activities including knitting, computer basics, armchair exercises, yoga, health and musical programs, Bingo, Alzheimer's caregivers group and Shabbat luncheons on Fridays. For more information call 609-345-3057.
Village by the Shore and the Katz JCC present Chi Kung with Rose 9:45-10:45 a.m. every Friday at the JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Harmonize mind and body with slow, gentle movement and mental concentration. Increases balance, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure. Free for Village by the Shore and JCC members; $20 for a JCC day pass for nonmembers. Contact Tina Serota at 609-822-1109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Village by the Shore and the Katz JCC will present Mindfulness Stretch with Cheryl 10:45-11:40 a.m. every Friday at the Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Free for Village by the Shore and JCC members; $20 for a JCC day pass for nonmembers. Contact Tina Serota at 609-822-1109 or email@example.com.
Needlework with Friends
Village by the Shore holds Needlework with Friends 10 a.m.-noon every Thursday at the Katz JCC, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate. Knitting, crochet, needlepoint, quilting or cross-stitch. Bring needles, yarn, fabric and your latest project. Facilitated by Fran Baronowitz of the South Jersey Knitting Guild. Free. Contact Tina Serota at 609-822-1109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes at Ventnor Cultural Arts Center
Classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry making, children’s art, dance and Zumba are held at the Ventnor City Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave. throughout the year. For information and class schedules call Victoria Clark at 609-823-7952 or email email@example.com.
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