Atlantic and Cape May Counties
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Dune ecology programs set at Two Mile Beach

 Dr. Ralph Boerner, left, leads a native plant and ghost crab program  at Two Mile Beach last fall.
 Dr. Ralph Boerner, left, leads a native plant and ghost crab program at Two Mile Beach last fall. Learn about barrier island habitats, their history and future in a two-Saturday, multimedia, hands-on exploration of island ecosystems at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.  

On May 3 at 10:30 am, participants will explore how the dunes and barrier islands are formed, and focus on the animals and plants that live between the water’s edge and the first set of dunes.  On May 10, also at 10:30 am, participants will focus on the plants and animals of the dune shrublands and maritime forest, and discuss the future challenges to these unique ecosystems.  Each session will combine a lecture and a field trip through the dunes.  The guides for both sessions will be Joe Alvarez and Ralph Boerner.

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Documentary on AIDS drugs to be shown at PAC

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP—The highly acclaimed and controversial Indian film, “Fire In The Blood,” will be shown 7 p.m. April 28 at in the “Monday Night at the Movies” series at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township.

“Fire In the Blood” tells the story of how western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for African and other nations after 1996, allegedly causing more than ten million unnecessary deaths. It also recounts the efforts of a group of people who fought back. It has been described as “an intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice.”

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Jefferson Starship to perform at Spring Weekend in Wildwood

  Jefferson Starship to perform at Spring Weekend in Wildwood  Jefferson Starship to perform at Spring Weekend in Wildwood

THE WILDWOODS – The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th annual Sensational Spring Weekend Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to 1960s and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll music.

The event begins Friday night, April 25, inside the Wildwoods Convention Center with a dance party featuring the David Christopher Band with songs from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $15 per person.

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Officials seek dredging relief from state

Robert Martin, DEP commissioner, sits at the end of the table and discusses dredging concerns with county and local officials. Robert Martin, DEP commissioner, sits at the end of the table and discusses dredging concerns with county and local officials. TRENTON – County and local officials met with the state recently to review restrictions and regulations on dredging projects, including recommendations on state challenges to back bay projects.

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Gilda’s Club South Jersey hosts self-defense workshop

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Gilda’s Club South Jersey’s satellite campus the “Living Room” inside the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, 2500 English Creek Ave., Building 400, Egg Harbor Township, will host a workshop for members and the public in “Personal Protection and Safety Workshop on Wednesday, April 30. Sensei Bob McCann has been teaching martial arts in his studio in Ocean City for many years. He is dedicated to personal safety, especially for women, and freely offers his program of safety awareness training and demonstration of self-defense from attack.

This seminar will teach you to become more street-smart by raising your consciousness of your environment as well as building your confidence regarding personal protection and safety. Light lunch will be provided from 12:15-12:45 p.m., followed by the presentation from 12:45-2 p.m.

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Cape May County Calendar

Friday, April 25

CAPE MAY-  Children’s classes planned at Nature Center  -The New Jersey Audubon has announced that special programs for children will resume at the Nature Center of Cape May with an added new offering.

PETERSBURG -  Country and bluegrass gospel music  Enjoy some old-time country and bluegrass gospel music at 7 p.m. on the fourth Friday of every month at Petersburg United Methodist Church, Route 610 in Petersburg. There will be light refreshments. For more information, call Cindy Berry at 856-825-1447 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CAPE MAY - Friday Evening Frog Hikes 7 p.m. at Cape May Point State Park. There will be a short presentation about frogs and their calls, followed by a short hike down the Red Train. Bring flashlights. Family-friendly. Donations or donations of juice and cookies appreciated. Cost is $3 per person, under 3 free. Call 609-884-2159.

WILDWOOD - Sensational Spring Concert Weekend 7-11 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Dance party featuring the David Christopher Band. Tickets are $15 per person. See www.Wildwoodsnj.com .

CAPE MAY - Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend, Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) in Cape May. Join the Friends of the Physick Estate for A Royal-Tea to kick off Girlfriends Getaway Weekend in the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, 1048 Washington St., on Friday, April 25 at 3 p.m. Dress for tea and join the Friends for an afternoon of all things British, including a trivia contest to test your knowledge of British royals, past and present, accompanied by a relaxing afternoon tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom. Admission is $25 for Friends members and $30 for non-members. See www.capemaymac.org .

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14 Days events, edition of April 24, 2014

Archery classes at Forsythe

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge will offer a free archery program consisting of six sessions, taught by refuge volunteer instructors that have been certified by both USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association.

Participants must be at least 8 years old and parents are encouraged to participate with their children. Classes will be held every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. from April 26 to May 31. Participants should plan to attend all six sessions since each will build new skills and strengthen skills already learned. All equipment will be provided.

Classes will be held either indoors or outdoors, depending on weather conditions, and will meet at the Refuge Headquarters Building to the right after entering the main gate. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required.

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Meet the artists reception in Cape May

 An oil painting, “Cape May Harbor Fishing Fleet,” by John Safrit. An oil painting, “Cape May Harbor Fishing Fleet,” by John Safrit.  Anita Roth took this picture of driftwood and sea glass, which will be on display at the Splash art gallery on April 26.
 Anita Roth took this picture of driftwood and sea glass, which will be on display at the Splash art gallery on April 26.

CAPE MAY – Local artists Anita Roth and John Safrit will hold a meet the artists reception from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at the Splash art gallery, 513 Carpenter’s Lane in Cape May. Light refreshments will be served.

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Spring Bike Rally cruises into Wildwood

For the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather to expect when you drop a kickstand on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:/Jen Marra For the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather to expect when you drop a kickstand on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:/Jen Marra THE WILDWOODS- The ninth annual Wildwood Spring Bike Rally will take place Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.

This two-day event, held at Oak and Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood, grows in popularity year after year, organizers said. 

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Experts hope dolphin disease has nearly run its course

A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow) A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow) With warming temperatures, the snowbirds are returning from Florida.

That goes for wildlife as well as human cold-averse residents. On platforms along the marshes and back bays, ospreys are choosing their nesting sites, and over the weekend, just past the wetsuited surfers in the 40-something degree water in Ocean City’s north end, a pod of dolphins made its way through the waves.

Now that the water is warming up some, the marine mammals are making their way back into local waters after migrating south for the winter.

Bob Schoelkopf, the founder and director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, said he expects to see fewer dolphins along the New Jersey coast after last year’s devastating die-off, but at the same time, the local population will likely be healthier.

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The Current Religion Listings

Current Newspaper Religion Listings Current Newspaper Religion Listings     Polish celebration honoring Pope St. John Paul II

A Polish celebration will take place 7-11 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall, Wabash and Poplar avenues, Linwood to honor Pope St. John Paul II on the occasion of his canonization. Cost is $20 and includes a live Polka band, Polish food and beer. Call Derek Brown at 609-432-8196.

Weekly services at Linwood Community Church

Linwood Community Church weekly services are 8:30, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays with Sunday school for all ages at 9:45 a.m. A weekly Bible study and prayer time is held 6:30 Wednesdays. Youth group meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Celebrate Recovery meets every Monday evening. Hand Vangelism, a ministry for disabled teens and adults, is held twice monthly. Other activities include home Bible studies, missions groups, men’s and women’s ministries, Knit-N-Stitch, and more. See www.linwoodcommunitychurch.org or call 609-927-2950. The church is at 1838 Shore Road.

Beth Judah religious services

Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor has a daily minyan 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday that alternates monthly with Beth El in Margate. The minyan is 9 a.m. Sundays at Beth Judah, 5:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays in Beth Judah’s Toll Memorial Chapel, 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Mainland facility, 303 Central Ave., Egg Harbor Township, Shabbat services are at 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays. Kiddush is served on Shabbat after services. They are an egalitarian congregation and welcome interfaith families.

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14 Days events

JCC Spring Camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 18-25 at the Katz JCC, 501 North Jerome Ave., Margate. For children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Sports, yoga, nature, art, swim and more. Campers should pack a bathing suit, towel and nonmeat lunch. Lunch on April 18, 21 and 22 should be kosher for Passover (no bread products). Wear sneakers and play clothes. Call 609-822-1167, ext. 138 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

Holtzman Gallery exhibit works by Michael Waters  5301 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. Admission to the exhibit is free, and the show runs through the end of April. See www.michaelwaters.artspan.com.

Furry Buddies 6:30 p.m. Mondays, April 21 and May 5 and 19 at the Mays Landing branch of the Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave. For ages 6-14. Registration is requested. Kids read a story to a therapy dog. Presented by Donna Downs. Call 609-625-2776.

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