OLOS flea market
Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Wabash Avenue in Linwood will hold flea markets 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 3 (snow date Feb. 10) and March 3 (snow date March 10). Vendor space is $20 for a 6-foot table and $25 for an 8-foot table. For information call 609-927-0569. These are the final two flea markets organized by Simone Zoladz, who is retiring after 40 years of organizing these fun church community events.
Lamaze-inspired childbirth class
A one-day class providing expectant parents the skills needed for a healthy, successful childbirth and delivery, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 in the Stainton classroom in Shore Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Way, Somers Point. The cost is $125. For more information and to register, call 609-653-3238.
The Somers Point Arts Commission will offer a free poetry writing program for beginners and practicing writers age 16 and up titled "Writing Poetry Your Way: Foundations of Poetry for all Levels" with Maria Provenzano. The sessions run 6–7:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 5 through April 9 (no class Feb. 19 or April 2) at the Jordan Road School library. For information call 609-653-4991.
Green Thumb Garden Club
The Green Thumb Garden Club of Somers Point will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Somers Point Senior Center, 22 Ambler Road and Massachusetts Avenue. A master gardener from Rutgers University will talk about the care and propagation of houseplants and offer advice for getting houseplants ready for the Ocean City Flower Show. Plan to arrive a few minutes early as the program begins promptly at 7. For information call Rosemary Evans at 609-214-6967 or see the Green Thumb Garden Club on Facebook.
Wine glass painting
The Beth Israel Sisterhood is hosting a wine-glass painting party 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the synagogue, 2501 Shore Road. The cost is $36 and includes all project materials and refreshments, (wine and sweets). RSVP by calling 609-641-3600 or emailing email@example.com
Democratic Club meeting
The Linwood Democratic Club will meet 8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be Feb. 8 at the Linwood Library. See linwooddems.org.
Designer handbag bingo
The Mainland Performing Arts Parents Organization is holding a designer handbag bingo to benefit the drama department 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8 (doors open at 6 p.m.) at Beth Israel Synagogue, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield 08225. The cost is $35 and includes 3 cards for each of the 15 rounds. There will be beverages, snacks, a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. There will also be a sneak peek performance of the MRHS spring musical, “Cinderella.” Send checks made out to Beth Israel to the above address or drop off at the synagogue office.
Northfield rabies clinic
Northfield's annual free rabies clinic will be held 9–11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the City Hall Fire Station, 1600 Shore Road. License fees payable at time of vaccination are $7 if spayed or neutered, $10 if not. All animals must be on leash or in suitable pet carrier. For additional information visit cityofnorthfield.org.
Shore Medical Center seeks volunteers
Shore Medical Center’s is looking for volunteers for its patients and family advisory council. PFAC is made up of former patients, family members and medical center staff. The council serves in an advisory capacity for improving the patient experience. Shore Medical Center is currently recruiting new council members to share their diverse perspectives and experiences on the patient experience. The PFAC meets monthly. If you are interested in applying for the council, contact Rayelle Hansen at 609-653-3882 or rchansen@ShoreMedicalCenter.org, or Lisa DiTroia at 609-653-3543 or LDiTroia@ShoreMedicalCenter.org.
Linwood Community Church, 1838 Shore Road, holds an Olympians/Gophers program for children age 4 through sixth grade 6-8 p.m. Fridays through May. It’s a time of learning about God and church, with snacks and game time. There is a cost for materials. For information call 609-927-2950 or see linwoodcommunitychurch.org.
Northfield special needs preschool
The Northfield School District has a preschool program for children age 3-5 who are experiencing delays in speech and language development, cognitive skills, motor skills, adaptive behavior and socialization skills. Parents who feel their child may be having a problem can call the child study team at 609-407-7012 for information.
Shore Medical Center offers the Center for Family Caregivers, a free public resource for the family caregiver, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on the lower level, West Zone. For information call 609-653-3969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alzheimer’s caregiver support
The Alzheimer's Association offers a caregiver support group 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Shore Medical Center to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers and help them develop methods and skills to solve problems. For information call 609-653-3969.
The Jersey Shore Knitting Guild meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Ventnor Community Room. Knitters are encouraged to bring patterns to share. For information call Marian at 609-338-9305 or see Facebook.
Fire Company No. 1 on Bethel Road in Somers Point offers dancing 7:30-10 p.m. every Tuesday for singles and couples of all ages. The $10 cover charge includes light refreshments. The night features line dances and general dancing. Call Rita Voli 609-408-3619 for information.
Sons of Italy meetings
The Anthony Meucci Lodge of the Sons of Italy meets the third Friday of each month at the parish hall of St. Gianna Beretta Molla Church, 1430 New Road, Northfield. Meetings include a social and a dinner. For more information or to join the group call Pat at 609-412-7607 or email email@example.com
Free monthly social and educational programs for senior citizens are held 3-4 p.m. at DiOrio Hall on the second floor of Shore Medical Center. The hourlong programs begin with bingo for prizes and conclude with an interactive educational health program. Free refreshments. Sessions are posted at shoremedicalcenter.org. To RSVP or for information call 609-653-3543.
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.
The Otto Bruyns Northfield Public Library, 241 W. Mill Road, offers meditation and mindfulness with free tai chi classes 1 p.m. every Wednesday. See nflibrary.org or call 609-646-4476 for information.
AMVETS request DVDs for troops
AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point is requesting used DVDs to send to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas. New or good condition DVDs will be accepted at Chester's Bakery, 506 New Road, Somers Point, and Bennett Chevrolet, 6721 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Monetary donations will be accepted to pay for mailing. Checks made payable to AMVETS Post 911 NJ can be sent to AMVETS Post 911 NJ, PO Box 413, Somers Point, NJ 08244.
Linwood Historical Society Museum hours
The Linwood Historical Society has announced new hours for its Leedsville School Museum and Maritime Museum. Leedsville School Museum, 16 Poplar Ave., will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday. The Linwood Maritime Museum, in the basement of the Linwood Library on Davis Avenue, will be open Mondays from noon-2 p.m.To visit either museum another day, call 609- 927-8293 to make an appointment.
Donations wanted for Veterans Park
Plans are moving along for Veterans Park on Oak Avenue in Northfield and donations are being accepted. Commemorative bricks can be purchased for $50; a bench with a dedication plaque is $1,000. The park is in need of clean fill dirt to help alleviate water ponding at the back of the park. For information call City Clerk Mary Canesi at 609-641-2832, ext. 125.
Visiting and enjoying the Linwood Arboretum is free, but memberships are available at $25 for individual, $30 for family and $5 for children under 12. The arboretum is also looking for support in terms of help with filing and with seasonal work like weeding and pruning. For times to volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org Donations are welcome and may be mailed to the Linwood Arboretum, PO Box 157 Linwood, NJ 08221.
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