Keep Calm and Color
The Atlantic County Library System of Galloway Township will host a free, monthly adult coloring program from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Oct. 30, Nov. 27 and Dec.18. All adults are welcome to experience the relaxing benefits of coloring. The library is at 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. Call 609-652-2352 for details.
AA Newcomers meetings
• 2-3 p.m. every Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church, 328 E. Great Creek Road and Pitney Road, Galloway. Free and all are welcome. Email email@example.com or call 609-748-2830.
• 7-8 p.m. every Monday at Beacon Church, 420 S. Sixth Ave., Galloway Township. Free and all are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-748-2830.
Multiple sclerosis support
A multiple sclerosis support and networking group meets 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Artemis Center for Independent Living, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 7, Galloway. People with multiple sclerosis are invited to meet with others who share mutual interests, challenges and experiences. Members provide and receive support and information on topics related to MS. Call 609-748-ABLE for information.
Al-Anon beginners meeting
Al-Anon will hold a beginners meetings 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church on Poplar and Wabash avenues in Linwood. Call 609-332-6727.
Special needs class
Young Athletes is a free sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities that focuses on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Classes are 4:15-5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 5045 English Creek Ave. Children age 2 1/2 to 7 can play games and participate in activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and the world of Special Olympics. Free to township residents; nonresidents pay a participation fee. Call 609-272-8120 or see ehtrec.com.
Alzheimer's art program
An Alzheimer’s art program and caregiver support group will be offered 2-3:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Caring Inc., 419 W. Delilah Road, Pleasantville, and 2-3:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Royal Suites Healthcare, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. To reserve a spot call 609-484-7050, ext. 252.
Alzheimer’s Association hotline
The Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 helpline is available 365 days a year with translation services in more than 160 languages. Trained specialists will provide support and coping strategies, information and resources, research updates and access to all core programs. Call 800-272-3900.
The Adler Aphasia Center is offering an Aphasia Communication Group for stroke and brain injury survivors with aphasia 10 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Friday of each month at the Hammonton campus of Stockton University in Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. The group is facilitated by a licensed speech language pathologist. Registration is required; call Wendy at 973-530-3981 or email email@example.com.
Wellness for new and expecting mothers
As part of its Community Wellness Program, Shore Medical Center has teamed up with Babies "R" Us in Mays Landing to provide expecting and new mothers delivering at Shore with a variety of benefits, including discounts on merchandise and monthly breastfeeding education classes. Call Shore Medical Center’s Prenatal and Wellness Department at 609-653-3238.
Basic life support training
Become trained and certified in basic life support techniques through courses offered throughout the month at Shore Medical Center. For schedule and fees see www.shoremedicalcenter.org/trainingcenter. For more information, call 609-653-3962.
Bipolar peer support group
Individuals with bipolar disorder meet 6 p.m. Thursdays at AtlantiCare, 1601 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City. Peer support, resources, coping skills, strategies, other topics are discussed. Offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County. Call Carolyn Quinn 609-652-3800 ext. 303.
Cancer recovery and supportive care services
The Shore Cancer Center offers a full range of supportive and continuing care services. Call 609-653-3585 for information on supportive care, education for patients and their families, survivorship programs and services in the community.
The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program offers free screenings for breast, cervical, colon and prostate cancer. To qualify for these screenings, you must be age appropriate, uninsured or underinsured and have a limited income. For more information, call 609-653-3484.
A support group for individuals caring for a child, spouse, sibling, parent or friend will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month at Royal Suites, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. There’s no cost to attend. The program is offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County in partnership with the Cape Atlantic Caregiver Coalition. Call 609-652-3800 ext. 304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celiac-gluten free support group
The Celiac-Gluten Free Support Group will hold a presentation on gluten free meals by Kasi Comunale of email@example.com 7 p.m. every third Tuesday at the Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates office, 3205 Fire Road, Egg Harbor Township. Contact Rosalia Valenti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-412-8361.
Community yoga class
The Vaikunth Hindu Jain Temple, 571 S. Pomona Road, near the corner of Tilton Road in Galloway, is hosting community yoga classes. The classes are open-ended, donation-only, drop-in (no registration required), and open to all. Beginners welcome. Classes are held at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 9:15 a.m. Thursday and Saturday. Donation request is $5 or more per class. Classes are held in the second floor classroom. Call 609-287-0955.
Contact seeks volunteers
Contact Cape-Atlantic seeks volunteers to make free daily telephone calls to check in and make sure there are no medical emergencies. If you are interested in receiving a free daily call or know someone who is, call Ann Magee at 609-823-1850. See contactcapeatlantic.org.
Depression and anxiety support groups
A peer-run support group for individuals living with depression and anxiety meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Central United Methodist Church Basement, 5 Marvin Ave., Linwood and 3 p.m. on Thursdays at AtlantiCare third floor, 501 Scarborough Drive, Egg Harbor Township. Topics include wellness tools, eight dimensions of wellness, mutual support and community resources. Offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 303 or email mhaac.info.
Eating disorder support group
A monthly peer-run group that provides an opportunity for those with eating disorders to share with others, learn practical skills and work toward recovery will meet 6:15 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway. Call 609-652-3800 or email@example.com.
Hospice volunteers wanted
Heartland Hospice is looking for dedicated, caring individuals with an interest in visiting hospice patients and their families in Atlantic, Cape May or Cumberland counties. You will be placed close to your home to provide a friendly visit to patients who are on their final journey. Your visits will also give a much-needed break to caregivers to run to the store or catch up on greatly missed rest. Volunteer training is offered throughout the year to fit each person’s schedule. Call the volunteer coordinator at 609-641-4675 or 856-251-0707 for more information.
Depression Support Group
A Depression Support Group is held 6 p.m. Mondays at the Ventnor Community Church, 2 S. Victoria Ave. Topics include wellness tools, eight dimensions of wellness, mutual support and community resources. Offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County. Call Carolyn Quinn at 609-652-3800, ext. 303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free online depression screening is available at mentalhealthscreening.org. To find a local counselor, mental health professional or certified peer specialist in this area, call New Jersey Mental Health Cares at 866-202-HELP. Information and referrals available.
Dual recovery groups
A weekly meeting for individuals living with both mental illness and addiction is held 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Hope All Day Recovery Center, 45 Mill Road, Mays Landing; and 6 p.m. Mondays at Ventnor Community Church, 2 South Victoria Ave., Ventnor. Meetings provide support, resources, education and information. Offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County. Call609-652-3800, ext. 303.
A fathers group aimed at strengthening and supporting fathers through communication and activities geared for parenting in today’s society meets 6-7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at YALE School, 1000 Burton Ave., Northfield. Contact Aaron Parrish at 609-485-0575, ext. 104 or email@example.com.
Free tinnitus seminar
The Bacharach Hearing and Balance Center hold free educational seminars for people with tinnitus 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Galloway Hearing Center, 436 Chris Gaupp Drive, Suite 103. Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in the ears that can affect concentration and interfere with sleep. Call 609-748-5370.
Free blood pressure screenings
The Shore Medical Center Thrift Shop in the Somers Point Shopping Center on Route 9 offers free blood pressure screenings 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month.
Free yoga classes
Yoga classes are offered free to caregivers to help relieve stress. Classes are given by registered yoga instructor Dawn Gadon at Park Bench Counseling, 421 Bethel Road, Somers Point Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call 855-808-7254.
Grants for arthritis pool classes
Atlantic County residents 60 and older who have a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis and are eligible for Medicaid, the PAAD program or Senior Gold can apply for an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program grant offered by the Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services. The gentle exercise program for seniors encourages flexibility, increases range of motion and promotes circulation. The class meets 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays in the heated therapy pool at Bacharach in Pomona. The grant covers the cost of 10 classes (10 weeks). After completing the grant, participants are welcome to self-pay for the program at $100 for 10 classes. Participants must provide transportation. Call 609-748-5250 to for information or to register.
Grief recovery group
GriefShare is available at Linwood Community Church for those who have lost a loved one. The group meets 5 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month for a light supper and then 5:30 p.m. for a lesson and sharing. Celebrate Recovery is held 6:30 pm. Mondays. Celebrate Recovery challenges those who have hurts, hangups and fears work through situations to live a life free from bondage. Call 609-927-2950.
Heart failure support
Join with other heart failure patients and an interdisciplinary team of providers to evaluate your plan of care and receive support to transcend barriers to best maintain your health at home through the No Place Like Home Heart Failure Support Group. For more information on date, time and location, call 609-653-4677.
Hope Grief Support Group
The Hope Grief Support Group for recent widows and widowers meets weekly in Linwood. For information call 888-920-2201 or see hopesnj.org.
Hurricane Sandy stress line
A free and confidential information and referral line is available for New Jersey residents recovering from storm-related issues or stress. Residents can be connected to professional guidance, counseling and substance abuse services. Multilingual service available. Call 866-202-HELP or TTY:877-294-4356. Funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services.
Family support group
Intensive Family Support Services meets 10:30 a.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. Help, advocacy and education available for individuals who have a friend or family member with mental illness. Call Christine Miller at 652-3800 ext.301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart failure support
The No Place Like Home Heart Failure Support Group lets you join with other heart failure patients and an interdisciplinary team of providers to evaluate your plan of care and receive support to transcend barriers to best maintain your health at home. For more information on date, time and location, call 609-653-4677.
Joint replacement session
Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation offers a one-hour joint replacement information session for people considering total knee replacement noon-1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the Pomona Room at Bacharach. Admission is free. To register call 609-748-5250.
Joint replacement education
A joint replacement education program is held 10 a.m. the second Monday of the month and 5 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month in the surgical conference room on the second floor at Shore Medical (except for major holidays). To register call 609-653-4600.
Mental illness support group
The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, Intensive Family Support Services, hosts meetings 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month to provide education on mental illness. It is co-hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Members gather at the United Methodist Church of Absecon, 100 Pitney Road, and meet 10:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Mental Health Association, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway. Call 609-652-3800, ext. 301, or email email@example.com.
Mental Health First Aid Classes
The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County is offering classes for Mental Health First Aid, a national curriculum. Classes are geared for the general public as well as county residents working in healthcare, social work, law enforcement and clergy. Topics include: education about mental illness and addictions, tips for talking to people in crisis, identification of risk factors/warning signs and resources for interventions and recovery. Individuals and organizations can contact Jaime Angelini at 609-652-3800, ext. 308.
Mental wellness screenings
Free mental wellness screenings for depression, anxiety, substance use, mood and eating disorders and other concerns are available at mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools and mentalhealthscreening.org. Call 866-202-HELP. Provided by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey with funding by the state Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Mom to Mom
Join other moms to socialize, network and support one another while making lasting friendships every Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Jenkins Room, second floor of Shore Medical Center. This group is facilitated by a social worker and refreshments are served. Free. To register call 609-653-3238.
Monthly family meeting
Individuals with a family member or loved one who is living with mental illness discuss issues can find support and locate local resources through a monthly family meeting. Group meets monthly at Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, Galloway. For more information, call Christine at 652-3800 ext. 301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MS support group
A multiple sclerosis support group affiliated with Direct-MS will be held 1 p.m. every other Saturday of the month in Linwood. Participants will share research and personal stories about their treatment and their journey and discuss the emotional trials patients face. Contact Dan Nuzzo at 609-204-4321.
Shore Medical Center presents free live music by Michael Pedicin and the South Jersey Jazz Society every Wednesday afternoon in Shore Medical Center Surgical Pavilion lobby. See www.shoremedicalcenter.org.
Neck and spine surgery education program
There will be a free neck and spine surgery education program 4-5 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in the surgical conference room on the second floor of the surgical tower at Shore Medical Center. To register call 609-653-4600.
Nicotine Anonymous meets
Nicotine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women helping each other to live free of nicotine. Meetings are free and open to anyone who desires to quit. Held Tuesday evenings 7-8 p.m. at St. Marks and All Saints, 429 S. Pitney Road, Galloway. Call 609-204-4472 or 609-816-7129.
Overeaters Anonymous meets 9 a.m. every Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 11 E. Dawes Ave., Somers Point. The meeting is in the back section of the church. Park in the church lot and there will be an OA sign on the door. For information call Jane at 609-458-2949.
Is food a problem for you? Overeaters Anonymous can help. Overeaters Anonymous meets 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Bacharach Institute, 61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. No dues. No fees. No weigh-ins. Call 609-703-0733 for information.
Parent support group
The Step Up program’s parent support group, Parents Helping Parents, meets 7:15-8:15 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Salem Methodist Church, Park Avenue and South Main Street. The group’s mission is to empower parents in the guidance of their children. It is a self-help program and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Call 609-743-2874.
Pet therapy volunteers wanted
Heartland Hospice is looking volunteers with a cuddly personality, a wet nose and a wagging tail to visit hospice patients and their families in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. Pet therapy volunteers (and their humans) will visit patients in their homes or in nursing homes. Call Heartland's volunteer coordinator at 609-641-4675.
Physician referral service
Shore Medical Center offers a physician referral service 24 hours a day, seven days a week at shoredoctors.com. Users can search the staff listing of more than 350 physicians by specialty, location, language and more, with information including insurance carriers accepted, office locations, hours and educational background.
Egg Harbor Township Parks and Recreation offers Parent and Me Yoga and a Pre-School Yoga class for ages 18 months to 5 years. Registration is $60 for township residents and $65 for nonresidents. See ehtrec.com or call 609-272-8120 to register.
Recovery support group
A weekly meeting for individuals living with co-occurring mental health diagnosis and addiction is held 6 p.m. Mondays at the Ventnor VFW, 601 N. Dorset Ave., Ventnor. Recovery Support Group meetings provide support, resources, education and information. Offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County. Call Carolyn at 609-652-3800, ext. 303 or email@example.com.
Resources and support for casino workers
Individuals, families and workers who are affected by the closing of Atlantic City casinos and in need of mental health information and referrals for legal, housing, employment, rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient and self-help can call NJ Mental Health Cares helpline. Trained professionals are available 8 a.m.-8 p.m. TTY and multi-language capability. Confidential, no cost. Call 866-202-HELP or njmentalhealthcares.org.
Seeking hospice volunteers
Heartland Hospice is looking for dedicated, caring volunteers with an interest in visiting hospice patients and their families in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. Volunteers will be placed close to home. Some interact directly with patients and families. Others prefer to work behind the scenes in the office setting. Volunteer training is offered throughout the year. Call 609-641-4675.
Shore Medical Center senior socials
Senior socials is a free monthly social and educational program held at Shore Medical Center and coordinated by senior volunteers. The hour-long program begins with bingo for prizes and concludes with an interactive educational program led by health experts. Free refreshments. Sessions are posted at shoremedicalcenter.org. The socials are held 3-4 p.m. at Shore Medical Center's DiOrio Hall on the second floor of the hospital. To RSVP or for information call 609-653-3543.
Shrink everything but your smile Zumba class
The Pleasantville Recreation Center offers a Zumba class 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the center, 400 W. Brighton Ave., Pleasantville. The fee is $3. Call instructor Joelle Motley at 888-316-4844, or call 609-484-3608.
Spread the Love Foundation meetings
The Spread the Love Foundation meets 7-8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday for suicide survivors at the Victoria Crossings Club House on the corner of Victoria and Redbank drives, Mays Landing. The entrance to the clubhouse is behind the pool at the end of the parking lot. Caroline Coburn, who founded Spread the Love in memory of her daughter, Samantha Coburn, will be facilitating the support group meetings. Call 609-457-6745.
Stop putting off ‘the talk’ with aging parents
Home Instead Senior Care of Somers Point offers free resources to bridge the communication gap between adult children and their aging parents. Knowing your aging parents’ end-of-life wishes well in advance can save your family years of heartache, bickering, or even legal issues. To learn more about an action plan for successful aging or the 40-70 Rule, see 4070talk.com.
Strength, cardio and core
Egg Harbor Township Parks and Recreation offers a strength, cardio, and core fitness class 7-7:30 a.m. Thursday mornings. The fee is $70 for residents and $75 for nonresidents. See ehtrec.com or call 609-272-8120.
Stroke support group
The Bacharach Community Stroke Support group meets 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Meeting places alternate between Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona and the AtlantiCare LifeCenter in Egg Harbor Township. Meetings are open to anyone who has been affected by stroke and often feature guest speakers. Call 609-652-7000, ext. 5438.
Support group for Spanish speakers
A support group for Spanish-speaking adults experiencing stress or living with anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses meets 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Decatur Avenue Early Childhood Center, 115 Decatur Ave., Pleasantville. The discussion will include developing crisis coping techniques, maintaining relationships, understanding medicine and locating community resources. Offered by the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County. Call 609-383-6800, ext. 2545.
Tobacco Prevention and Treatment Program
Shore Medical Center’s Tobacco Prevention and Treatment Program offers counseling with trained tobacco dependence treatment specialists. For an information packet call 609-653-3440.
Information on federal, state and county veterans benefits with veteran advocate Lou Green is available 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Hamilton Mall, Ruby Tuesday entrance.
A weekly walking club will meet 8:45-9:45 a.m. Monday at the Ruby Tuesday entrance of the Hamilton Mall, 4403 E. Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. To register see jccatlantic.org or call Kelly Rosenberg at 609-822-1167, ext. 144.
Weight Watchers additional meetings
Weight Watchers will now have two additional meetings at its Somers Point location in the ShopRite Shopping Center, at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Doors open a half-hour prior to meeting times. Call 800-651-6000.
A free half-hour to wellness workshop is offered 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Miller Chiropractic Wellness, 22 S. Main St., Pleasantville. Call 609-383-9121.
Yoga for caregivers
Free yoga will be offered to people who spend their lives caring for others (doctors, nurses, social workers, addiction treatment teams, mom, dad, grandparents). No experience needed. Dawn Gadon will offer a stress-relieving workout from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 421 Bethel Road, Somers Point. See www.parkbenchgroup.com.
Yoga class for families with autism
Grace and Glory Yoga is partnering with Heart of Surfing to provide a weekly yoga class for families with autism and other special needs free of charge at 1600 New Road, Northfield. Classes will be held 7:30-8:15 p.m. on Mondays. Call 609-289-1111 or 609-705-5323.
Youth Mental Health First Aid classes
The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County offers classes on youth mental health first aid to help parents, caregivers and professionals who work with youth age 12-18 to identify typical adolescent behavior and behavior that requires attention. Call Jaime Angelini 609-652-3800, ext. 308.