The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has scheduled a series of events to help raise awareness regarding genocide. The Genocide Awareness Week activities take place November 14-17 and are presented by the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center and the Stockton student organization, STAND.

 Highlights include a Wednesday November 16, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Egg Harbor Township High School. Genocide presentation: High school students who are currently studying about genocide will hear an informative presentation. Wednesday November 16, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton: Teacher workshop: “World Outside My Shoes.” Wednesday November 16, 8 pm to 10 pm, Campus Center Theatre: “Silent Screams of Genocide”: “Three Piece Monologue from the Victims’ Perspective” at Stockton in the Campus Center Theatre. This is a student production sponsored by STAND (anti-genocide Stockton student organization). Carl Wilkens will participate in the monologue and he will have comments after the presentation.

The Hard Rock Café located in the Taj Mahal Casino will be the site of Gilda Rocks On to be held on Thursday, November 17 from 6 to 10 PM. 

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“It is going to be an amazing night.   The Café is pulling out all the stops to make sure our guests have a great time.  The Event Committee has worked very hard on the auction.  We are so happy to be able to put this evening together to help Gilda’s Club South Jersey,” said Isabel Allen, a member of the GCSJ Board of Directors who is co-chairing the event with her husband, Jim, CEO Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International.  The couple has set a lofty $100,000 fundraising goal.

The next best thing to having the Boss himself on stage: The B-Street Band and its leader, Will Forte, will be playing from their Springsteen repertoire and many other beloved songs. 

The auction will include fifty items including vacation packages with airfare, celebrity signed guitars and a chance to attend the Congressional Wives Lunch with the First Lady, Michelle Obama.  For the first time in this area, guests will be given an iTouch device when they enter the Café to use throughout the evening to bid on items. Tickets are available for $100 and are available at

Back by popular demand, Resorts Casino Hotel will feature Cirque Polynesian and Cirque Risque for two spectacular holiday productions in the Superstar Theater.  Resorts Casino Hotel announced today Cirque Polynesian Holiday Show and Cirque Risque Holiday Show will perform in the Superstar Theater through December 30. The Cirque shows were one of the highlights of Atlantic City’s summer entertainment line-up and received fabulous reviews from our guests,” said Dennis C. Gomes, owner, president & C.E.O. of Resorts Casino Hotel.  “The holiday versions are just as amazing and will offer guests a fun twist on the traditional holiday show they have grown accustomed to in Atlantic City.  Cirque Polynesian and Cirque Risque will both be one holiday party you won’t want to miss this season.”

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) is offering a free workshop on strategies for coping with the loss of loved ones during the holiday season.  The three hour long workshop will be held in the Board of Trustees Room of the Campus Center on the Stockton campus in Galloway. It takes place from 10:30am to 2:00pm on Saturday, November 19.   A continental breakfast will be served.

Christine A. Gayda, Ph.D., a NJ licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist will present coping strategies for dealing with loss throughout the holiday season for those who have experienced a loss at any time, yet have extra difficulty facing the holidays.  Participants will be asked to voluntarily complete several questionnaires as part of ongoing research of this project; this is not mandatory but will be part of the first 20 minutes of the workshop. For more information, please contact: Dr. Christine Gayda at 609-513-2143 or

Chapters for Charity, a student run fundraising group is encouraging Atlantic County residents to donate new and gently-used books. The book drive is set to culminate on November 21, so there is still time to donate books. The donated books can be dropped off at the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families and Hi-Tech Hair and Nails. All of the book donations will be sold at the book sale to be held at Egg Harbor Township High School in the Cafeteria, Saturday, December 10.  Doors open to the public at 10:30 AM and close at 4:00 PM. For a chance to get an early crack at the stacks, a pre-sale will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM with a $5 donation.

The Alcove's mission is to provide a safe place where children and their families who are grieving the death of a loved one can receive comfort and support through the healing process. Established in November 2001 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and families provides bereavement support services for the Southern New Jersey area. Following the death of a loved one, many times the surviving adult is overwhelmed with grief, making it difficult to provide sufficient support to help their children deal with the death. Many times this leaves the child to face their loss and pain alone. The Alcove provides peer support groups for children ages 3 to 18 and adult group for their surviving parent, grandparent or guardian