Downbeach ongoing events

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Ventnor Mothers Club membership

The Ventnor Mothers Club, which began in the 1930s, is seeking members. The group meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each mother in the community room of the Ventnor Library and Cultural Art Center. Light refreshments are served. All mothers are encouraged to join. Call Barbara Martella (609) 457-8107.

Volunteers needed

The Ventnor senior citizen transportation service is a free shuttle available to all senior citizens residing in Ventnor and provides rides to anywhere in the Downbeach area of Ventnor, Margate, and Longport. In its 15th year, the program is performed by volunteer dispatchers and drivers. Anyone who can donate three hours a day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday is encouraged to call (609) 823-7994. Leave your name and phone number on the answering machine and someone will return your call. 

Home and School Pathmark fundraiser

The Ventnor Home and School Association has joined the Pathmark Community Rewards program. To participate pick up a Pathmark Perks Card at the customer service desk and register it at or by calling (800) 931-6258. Using it will result in 1 percent of the purchase amount being donated to the association every time it is used.

Poetry night

North Beach Gallery will host poetry night 7-10 p.m. every Monday at the gallery, 5209 Atlantic Ave. Call (609) 214-3994 or see 


Ventnor AARP Chapter 1724 meets 1:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Ventnor Library and Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Call (609) 572-1960 to confirm dates.

Ventnor City Republican Club

The Ventnor City Republican Club meets 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month in the Community Room of the Ventnor Library and Cultural Arts Center. Meetings are held May through October. Annual dues are $15. Call President Sonia Loadenthal at (609) 822-4683.

Tai chi and qigong

The Ventnor Library and Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave., will hold Tai Chi and Qigong 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. More classes are scheduled throughout libraries in Atlantic County. Call (609) 432-4243, or see 

South Jersey Knitters Guild

The South Jersey Knitters Guild meets 7-9 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Community Room of the Ventnor Library and Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Email Liz Slater at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Epiphany Arts Café

Artists are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks, paints and musical instruments for the weekly Epiphany Arts Café 6-9 p.m. Fridays at the Church of the Epiphany, 6605 Atlantic Ave. Refreshments will be sold and donations will be accepted. See 

Players and Playwrights by the Jersey Shore

The Players and Playwrights by the Jersey Shore group meets 1 p.m. the last Saturday of the month at the Ventnor Library and Cultural Arts Center, 6500 Atlantic Ave. Bring copies of original work to the second floor of the library. Professional and aspiring playwrights and actors are welcome. Call (609) 601-9191.

Ventnor community news available by email

Ventnor produces a free e-newsletter for residents and visitors listing community events and activities. To subscribe see  and click the link at the bottom left of the home page.



After school programs at JCC

The Katz JCC offers after a variety of after school programs for children between kindergarten and fourth grades. Programs include Kids Krav Maga, a child self-defense course 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $150 per session. Yoga and Art with instructor Deana Bongfiglia is 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Cost is $15 per class. Science Explorers includes five separate courses spanning five sessions each 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays at $75 per session. Art at the JCC is 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays with five courses throughout the year at $75 per session.  See 

Ask the Rabbi

Rabbi Gordon Geller presents “Ask the Rabbi” 1:30-3 p.m. every Monday at Temple Emeth Shalom, 8501 Ventnor Ave. Geller will answer questions congregants have always wanted to ask but never quite got around to asking. Call (609) 822-4343.

Daily programs for seniors

The Martin Bloom Community Center, located directly behind the Margate Library at Huntington Avenue and the beach, offers daily programs for seniors from Margate and Longport. Mondays include mahjong, pinochle and knitting starting at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday includes the same plus bridge. On Wednesday mahjong lessons begin at 10 a.m. On Thursday the walking group meets at 8 a.m. to walk the Ventnor Boardwalk and chair aerobics begins at the center at 10 a.m. Canasta lessons start at 9 a.m. Friday mornings and is followed by open play at 10. For more information and details on the many senior programs offered as well as the senior shuttle service call (609) 822-2285. 

Contact offers friendly calls

If you know of an elderly or disabled relative or neighbor who would benefit from a friendly hello every day, Contact Cape Atlantic can help. A volunteer will call every day to check in and make sure there are no medical emergencies. The goal of the program is to keep the elderly and disabled safe, secure and in their homes. Call (609) 823-1850 for information.

Library outreach

The Margate Library offers an outreach program for residents who have difficulty getting to the library. Call (609) 822-4700.

Resident business card

Margate residents can save when they shop, dine and play in Margate at participating Margate Business Association merchants via a free discount card. Look for the sign in the merchants’ window or see  or stop into the MBA office at 3 South Granville Ave. to pick up a card. See

Margate Pride

The city of Margate is looking for volunteer block captains who will be trained to distribute information to neighbors about trash and recycling, to notify public works if there is a street, sewer, lighting or other neighborhood infrastructure problem, and to serve as a liaison between their neighbors and the police and fire departments. Contact Franz Adler in the public works Department at (609) 822-5038 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Library hours

The Longport branch of the Atlantic County Library System is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The library is inside Longport Borough Hall at 2305 Atlantic Ave. See  or call (609) 487-0272.

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