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Kids and Teens 12/7/2005

By Rick Racela

Kids’ and Teens Community News December 7 through December 14, 2005
TOY DRIVES
 
LOWER TOWNSHIP – St. Nick’s Mission, the annual gift drive coordinated by United Way of Cape May County First Call for Help, is underway and will get a boost on Tuesday when Fitzpatrick’s Crest Tavern hosts a holiday toy drive from 6 to 8 p.m. at the restaurant and tavern, 9600 Pacific Ave., just south of Wildwood Crest.
The Dec. 13 event will include an appearance by Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man, hot chocolate and candy canes for children.  Suggested items for the toy drive include dolls, action figures and games for smaller children; sporting goods, clothing and Nerf items for adolescents; hats, gloves, make-up, perfume, bath kits, coats, and slipper socks for seniors.
Fitzpatrick’s Crest Tavern Toy Drive will also include an appearance by the United Way of Cape May County mascot, Captain Quackers, and an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for United Way of Cape May County’s Football Frenzy, featuring an RCA 52-inch HD-ready, rear-projection color TV.  The raffle will be held Jan. 8 at the Bolero Restaurant in Wildwood. Football Frenzy Raffle Tickets cost $10 apiece.
Wildwood Harley-Davidson is holding a toy and non-perishable food drive throughout the holiday season and the office of Chiropractor Dr. Bob Oliveri in Middle Township is holding a food drive for the First Call For Help Food Pantry. 
United Way of Cape May County can be reached at 729-2002.
TEEN SCENE
Rebel: youth group which empowers other youth to make informed choices about tobacco use meets the first Monday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Cape Assist’s offices in Wildwood, 3819 New Jersey Avenue.  New members are welcome.
Teen Karate:  Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call 886-6902 or 889-8105.
Teen Program: Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 656 Seashore Road, Erma. Discipleship, Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday Night Life:  Friday 7-11 p.m. and Teen Ministry, Sunday, 5:30-7 p.m.
Homework Club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Church of the Advent, Parish Hall, Washington and Franklin St. Cape May.
4-H Teen Ambassadors: grades 8-12: leadership, citizenship, community service; second Tuesday monthly, Rutgers Extension, Court House, 465-5115.
AlaTeen: for teens with family or friends who are alcoholics; Thursdays, 8 p.m., Church of Resurrection, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, 547-0855.
Civil Air Patrol: ages 12-18: meets Thursdays, cadet programs, drill and ceremony, safety classes, aerospace education, emergency services. 624-0529.
Music: Impact Choir, Seashore Church, 886-6196; Kaleidoscope Kids singers, ages 6-14, 465-7443; Community Concert Band, Norm Lochten, 465-8737.
NAACP: Youth Council, ages 14-21, 624-9152.
Scouting: ages 5-17; Girl Scouts of the South Jersey Pines, 697-3900; Boy Scouts Southern New Jersey, 327-1700.
Swim Teams: ages 5-18: Cape May Recreation Dept., 884-9565; Crest Dolphins, 884-6390.
Tennis Clinics: for beginners and intermediates at the Wildwood Crest courts. Call WC Recreation Dept at 729-8186.
Teen Services: numbers for activities, health questions; United Way, 729-2255, free directory.
Medical Explorers: will meet Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Maruchi Room. Open to students ages 14 to 19 who are interested in the medical profession.  Call Ruth Particelli, 463-2367.
Volunteer for the following groups: Animal Welfare Society, 465-3403; Burdette Hospital, Etc. Shop, 463-2000; Cape May Nature Center, 884-9590; Cape May Rec., Terry, 884-9565; County Museum, Barbara, 465-3535; Crest Haven Nursing Home, Anthony, 465-1274; Habitat for Humanity, 463-0244; Lower Twp. Rec., Zack, 886-7880; MADD, 463-1616; North Cape Center, Paul, 898-8899; Red Cross, Peg, 465-7382; United Way, Suzanne, 729-2002; Wetlands Institute, 368-1211. Adults are also welcome.
CHAMPION – Patrick Powers, of Court House, placed first in fighting at the World Kum Do Tae Kwon Do tournament held Nov. 5 in Tom’s River. Powers, a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, attends Bishop McHugh Regional School. Picture shows Powers delivering a kick to his opponent from Tom’s River.

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