Learn about pattern brick houses of West Jersey at the Camden County Historical Society, Park Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, across Route 130 from Collingswood, right behind Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. Historic-preservation specialist Robert Thompson will discuss the architectural tradition of these houses. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Burlington, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland and Cape May Counties were known as West Jersey, an area dominated by wealthy Quakers. West Jersey was also rich in an elaborate building tradition linking brickmakers, bricklayers and the Quaker elite: the pattern brick house. The color and placement of bricks creates intricate designs. Registration is requested. Free for society members; $5 for nonmembers. 1 p.m. 856-964-3333 or www.CCHSnj.com.
Stroke alert day
Kennedy Health System will provide blood-pressure screenings and stroke-risk assessments in honor of National Stroke Alert Day. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability. Many people are unaware they are at risk. Screenings will take 10 minutes. They will be held in three locations: Kennedy-Cherry Hill, 2201 Chapel Ave. West; Kennedy-Stratford, 19 E. Laurel Rd.; and Kennedy-Washington Township, 435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd. A special screening table will be set up in each hospital lobby. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1-800-KHS-9007.
A roundtable discussion on ovarian cancer will be held at the Katz Jewish Community Center, 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill. It is sponsored by the new Cancer Connection program of Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service, in conjunction with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Early detection is key with this disease, as it presents few symptoms until it has advanced. Women can learn more from survivors and a gynecologic oncologist and get support from survivors who will tell their stories. Speakers will include Randolph Deger, a noted gynecologic oncologist from Virtua Gynecology Oncology Specialists; and Susan Bass Levin, an ovarian cancer survivor and commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Registration is requested. Free. 7 to 9 p.m. Margery Dannenbaum at 856-424-1333, Ext. 163.
Redecorate your home or office with the help of interior designer Jan Kolchinsky at the Cherry Hill Library, 1100 Kings Highway North. She will share her experience and insight and help get people on their way to more beautiful living. Registration is required. Free. 7 p.m. 856-903-1207.
Come to Paradise Lake Campground, 200 Paradise Dr., Hammonton, for Camp Jam Friday and Saturday. Sounds of Blue Number Nine will fill the air on Friday, joined by the Amity Front, the Billy D. Light Trio and Tweener – Bob Beach. Beach has been singing and playing harmonica and flute professionally for more than 30 years. Saturday's bands include: Cornmeal, Tony Trischka and the Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, Tom Breiding and American Son, Emory Joseph, Johnny Staats, BlueRoots, Robert Hazard, and Tweener - Ernie Tokay. Tickets are $40 to $70 for adults; $20 to $35 for ages 12 to 16; free for ages 11 and younger. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday; 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday. 609-206-3787, 609-206-2888 or www.campjam.org.
Eric Alexander's New York Jazztet headlines for the Jazz and Blues Showcase series at Haddonfield's Markeim Art Center, at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Walnut Street. Alexander has worked with jazz notables such as Charles Earland, Ron Carter, and Pat Martino, to name a few. He has released more than 20 CDs as a leader, and numerous others as a sideman. Organist Dan Kostelnik and drummer Vince Ector complete his group. Refreshments will be provided. $20; $15 seniors and students. 7:30 to 10 p.m. 856-429-8585. There is an optional dinner/show package available. Dinner at Cristina's Restaurant, 18 Tanner St. in Haddonfield and a ticket for the evening's music at the Markeim for $45. Restaurant seating is between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required; call 856-857-9600.
Herb and perennial sale
The Haddonfield Garden Club helps get gardens beautiful with its herb and perennial sale at Kings Court, Kings Highway in Haddonfield. There will be a large variety of herbs, perennials, and a little something for Mom at a Mother's Day Boutique, which will feature fresh flowers, hanging baskets, geraniums and more. Club members will be available to help answer gardening questions. Rain or shine. Free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 856-216-7253 or www.haddonfieldgardenclub.org.