Winter Wonderland returns Dec. 12; learn how you can get tickets

Winter Wonderland25Mayor Don Guardian and the City of Atlantic City will continue a holiday tradition by holding a Winter Wonderland celebration for children Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Bass Pro Shops at Tanger Outlets The Walk (30 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard in Atlantic City). Tickets are free and required to gain admission.
This fifth annual holiday event is for Atlantic City children ages 3 to 12. The event will feature fun activities outside and inside the store, including rides, magic shows, games, and arts and crafts. Children will also have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.
Tickets are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Tickets will be distributed at City Hall, located at 1301 Bacharach Blvd., at the following dates and times: Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tickets will be distributed only to adults, who must show a proof of Atlantic City residency and photo ID. Each adult can receive a maximum of one adult ticket and three children’s tickets.
The Atlantic City Winter Wonderland is presented by the City of Atlantic City, and sponsored by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), Atlantic City Free Public Library and Atlantic County Toys for Kids Program. Also, 95.1 WAYV will have giveaways.
For more information, please call the City of Atlantic City Division of Recreation at (609) 347-5643.

Library to hold 28th annual Kwanzaa celebration Dec. 19

Afro One at Kwanzaa programThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will host its 28th annual Kwanzaa celebration at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.

The program will feature a performance by Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. It will combine song and traditional and contemporary dance, while providing a history of Kwanzaa. Click here to view videos from some of the library's past Kwanzaa celebrations.

Dr. Patricia Reid Merritt is the director of Afro-One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre. A professor of Social Work and African-American Studies at Stockton University, Dr. Reid-Merritt has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the NAACP Freedom Award.

The program is free and suitable for all ages. No registration is required. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information.

Computer training includes Comcast-sponsored classes

Internet Essentials logo colorThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will offer a wide variety of computer training classes in November and December. Several of the classes will be sponsored by Internet Essentials from Comcast.

Internet Essentials from Comcast is a program designed to expand broadband adoption among low-income American households. 

Please visit the Main Library Help Desk or call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3079, for more information.

Basic Internet and Typing Skills
* Monday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
* Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Walk-in Job Skills Lab
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Nov. 4, 18, 25 and Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Microsoft Excel Basics
* Monday, Nov. 9 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
* Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Email Setup and Practice
* Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 30 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
* Tuesday, Dec, 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Google Maps
Monday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Microsoft Word Basics
* Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Job Skills Workshop
* Monday, Nov. 23 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
* Monday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Google Docs
Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
* Monday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 28 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

* Class is sponsored by Internet Essentials from Comcast

New Atlantic City Historical Museum exhibit highlights city's Hispanic community

Long shot 2The Atlantic City Historical Museum, presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, unveiled its exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica,” at a grand opening celebration Saturday, Oct. 10, at Garden Pier. The event was held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica exhibit, which will be on display through the end of the year, explores the recent history and culture of Atlantic City's Hispanic population. Many Hispanic celebrations that have taken place in the city – such as parades, festivals, weddings and quinceanos – are featured in the exhibit, along with businesses, entertainers, residents and examples of everyday life. This exhibit has been curated by members of the community. Those who wish to have their photographs included in the exhibit are invited to bring them to the Atlantic City Free Public Library or the Atlantic City Historical Museum for consideration.
As part of the project, the library conducted oral history interviews with local residents from various Hispanic countries to explore their backgrounds, immigration stories and experiences here in Atlantic City. Portions of the interviews are available for the public to hear.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. Consultants for this project have included Levi, Dr. Merydawilda Colon of the Stockton University Center for Community Engagement and oral historian Dr. Richlyn Goddard.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum showcases the culturally diverse, exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Visitors can enjoy exhibits of Mr. Peanut, sand sculptures, Miss America and casinos – along with vintage photographs and local artifacts. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.

David Copperfield creates magical memory at library

David Copperfield and Maureen Frank“Good Morning America” and David Copperfield visited the Atlantic City Free Public Library on Sept. 9 to surprise local magician Chad Juros. An Egg Harbor Township resident, Juros was the winner of GMA’s “Above and Beyond” contest. Juros visited the library thinking he would be performing, but it was a set-up. Juros was instead whisked away by Copperfield and GMA correspondent Sara Haines to Bally’s, where a flash mob awaited. Juros appeared with Copperfield on GMA on Sept. 11 (click here to watch that segment). The show selected Juros for his work with pediatric cancer patients through his Spread the Magic Foundation.

(Top) Legendary illusionist David Copperfield and Library Director Maureen Sherr Frank are pictured in the library's Teen Space. (Bottom, going clockwise) "Good Morning America" correspondent Sara Haines waits with Chad Juros before taking him to a limousine outside of the library; Juros with his mother, Penny, outside of the library as the GMA crew films; Juros meets his idol, Copperfield.

GMA correspondent Sara Haines with Chad Chad Juros with his mother Penny
Chad Juros with David Copperfield