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Sign up for the Run for Aaron

VINELAND – The annual Run for Aaron 5K and 1-mile walk will be held at 9 am April 2, beginning at St. Padre Pio Parish at 4680 Dante Ave.

The event features awards for top three overall winners and top three age group winners, male and female; entertainment provided by BME; and colorful T-shirts for participants who pre-register.

Walkers are welcome, must be registered and stand behind 5K runners at 9 am

Dogs are welcome to walk their owners in the 1-mile event.

Good Day for a Run, www.gooddayforarun.com, will provide the timing.

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Entry fees are $20 for the 5k and $15 for the walk through 10 pm March 31.

Proceeds will benefit the Aaron Ploch Memorial Scholarship Fund and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties. Scholarships are awarded yearly to graduating area students.

To register or for information, visit www.run4aaron.com.

YMCA programs offer healthy cooking tips, tricks and samples

VINELAND – The “Meal Prepping Made Easy” series at the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA has programs scheduled for 10 am to 11:30 am April 9 and 23. Members of the community are welcome to attend.

Topics are “Guilt Free Desserts” on April 9 and “One Pot or Pan Combos,” highlighting main dishes that can feed a family in a hurry, on April 23.

Registration is in progress and space is limited.

The fee is $7 for YMCA facility members, $10 for YMCA program members, and $15 for community members; or $5 for YMCA facility or program members who attend virtually. Parents may bring one child, age 5 to 12, at no additional cost.

To register or for information, call (856) 691-0030 or visit www.ccaymca.org.

Learn about the AJ Meerwald and New Jersey’s oyster industry

VINELAND – The Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society will host a presentation, “The AJ Meerwald and New Jersey’s Oyster Industry,” at 1:30 pm April 2.

Attendees will learn about the region’s oyster industry, which provided delicacies in the late 19th-early 20th centuries.

The presentation may be viewed at the museum at 108 S. Seventh St., or via Zoom.

A donation of $5 is suggested and registration is required.

To register or for information, call (856) 691-1111 or visit discovervinelandhistory.org.

Free Easter dinner distribution planned in Bridgeton; volunteers and donations needed

BRIDGETON – Bethany Grace Community Church, in partnership with the M25 Initiative, will distribute Community Easter Grab N’ Go Dinner Bowls at 1:30 pm April 17, Easter Sunday, in the Fellowship/Outreach Hall at 31 N. Pearl St.

The free dinners will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. One dinner bowl per individual and individuals must be present.

Volunteers, food donations and monetary donations are welcome.

For information on how to volunteer or donate, visit www.faithinactioncentral.com, call 1 (855) 818-3810 or email missions@bethanyinbridgeton.com.

Monetary donations may be mailed to: Bethany Grace Community Church, 31 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302.

Bethany Grace Community Church is a non-denomination Christian church. For church information, visit www.bethanyinbridgeton.com.

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