Bulletin Board
Thursday, July 28, 2005

Seventh Annual Charity Auction
Take My Hand Ministry seventh annual charity auction, Saturday, Aug. 6, Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478, Gov. Ave., Greenwood, 10 a.m.; 9 a.m. preview. Refreshments. Phone 349-4220.

Terry Layton Fund Raiser
Terry Layton Fund Raiser, Saturday, Aug. 6, Laurel Fire Hall, 1 to 11 p.m. Nine bands, silent and live auctions, refreshments, radio broadcast. $20 donation includes refreshments. For more information, phone 875-4525.

Ryan Long Scholarship Benefit
Silent auction on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury. All proceeds will go toward the Ryan Long Memorial Scholarship for Seaford High School. The auction will be held during the Delmarva Shorebirds game. Auction items will include autographed sports items, rounds of golf and much more. For more information call Keith White at 875-7768.

Beef and Beverage Benefit
Beef and beverage benefit for Robert Clarke Brittingham, Sr., Saturday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m. Indian River Vol. Fire Co., Oak Orchard. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Phone 947-2480. Hosted by members and ladies auxiliary of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Co.


AARP Safe Driving Course
AARP driver safety course for people 50 and over, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29, Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford. The two-day program, sponsored by the American Association for Retired Persons, stresses how older drivers may operate vehicles safely. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate entitling them to a reduction in their auto insurance. A 15 percent reduction is given to anyone repeating the program within three years. Call 629-8081. The cost is $10 per person.


Laurel Fire Dept. Barbecue
Laurel Fire Department first-ever chicken barbecue, Saturday, July 30, corner of Rt. 9 and southbound U.S. 13. Platters will consist of half a chicken, a roll, potato or baked beans and a pickle, $6. Sodas are 50 cents. All proceeds to go to the Laurel Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary and Cadets.

Breakfast in Blades
All you can eat breakfast, Blades Volunteer Fire Company Hall, Sunday, Aug. 7, 8 to 11 a.m. Adults, $6; children, $3. Sponsored by the Blades Firemen and Ladies Auxiliary.

Kiwanis Chicken Barbecue
Kiwanis chicken barbecue, every Friday in August and first Friday in September, 9 a.m. until the chicken runs out, Rt. 404 and Rt. 36 (Seashore Highway and Scott's Store Road). Proceeds to go to Community Needy Fund. Call Sonny Hardesty, 337-7070.


July 4th Follow-Up Meeting
Laurel Chamber of Commerce July 4th follow-up meeting at the Laurel Chamber building on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m.

Marine Corps League
The Marine Corps League meets the first Thursday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Seaford. This month will be Aug. 4.

Harness Racing Farm Tour
The Dovington Training Center, a full service harness racing farm, along with the Delaware Equine Council are co-hosting a tour of this state of the art facility, on Saturday, Aug 13, at 10 a.m. (approx 2 hour tour), light fare to follow. RSVP by Aug. 10 is required. For RSVP and futher details of this free tour, call Paula Barto at 629-5233.


Sussex Central Class of '80
The Sussex Central Class of 1980 is finalizing plans for the 25-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 6. Invitations have been mailed. If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend, contact any of the following for further information: Becky Albert Burton, 934-6958; Kim Long Schoenle, 934-7565; Lisa Burrhus Workman, 934-6772.

Hitchens Family Reunion
51st annual Hitchens Family Reunion, Sunday, Aug. 7, Trap Pond State Park, 1 p.m. Phone 875-9559 for more information.


Ladies Auxiliary Sidewalk Sale
Nanticoke Health Services Ladies Auxiliary sidewalk sale, main lobby, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Friday, July 29, 8 a.m. Items from the Look In Glass Shoppe as well as books for sale.

Living History Weekend
Georgetown Historical Society seventh annual Civil War Living History Weekend, Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford St., Georgetown. There will be a skirmish both days, military and civilian demonstrations, guest speakers, period music, and much more. Food vendors. Admission.

Laurel Fishing Tournament
Laurel American Legion Post 19 Fishing Tournament, Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to noon. Free sodas and snacks will be provided at all weigh stations along Broad Creek. A loud blast by Laurel Volunteer Fire Department will start and end the tournament. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the three age groups. The Benson Family awards a savings bond to the winners in memory of John Frank Benson, who was an avid fisherman. M.C. Jewelers will award a trophy for the largest fish in memory of Dick Banks, founder and co-chairman of the tournament. Entry forms may be picked up at A&K Enterprises, on North Central Avenue in Laurel.
Eastern Shore AFRAM
Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival, Friday, Aug. 12, Saturday, Aug. 13, Nutter Park, Seaford. Vendors, games, children's events, food.

Carey's Fall Fling
Carey's Fall Fling, Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carey's U.M. Church Campground, five miles west of Millsboro on Carey's Camp Road (off Rt. 24). Yard sales, crafts, flea market, food. For information and space reservations, phone 934-7665 or 934-9636.

Attention Campers
Looking for all present and former members of the Delaware Campers Assoc. to celebrate a 40th year ole timers day. The event will be held at Soroptimist Park, Seaford, on Sept. 17, starting at noon. For more information call 629-8344 or 629-6792.


Trip to see Phillies
Christ United Methodist Church of Laurel has tickets to see the Philadelphia Phillies vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. The cost, including the bus, is $45. Call the church office at 875-4233. The bus will leave Christ Church at 3 p.m.

Trip to Rainbow Theater
AARP Chapter 5340 of Georgetown is offering a trip to see Neil Simon's comedy play "Plaza Suite" at the Rainbow Dinner Theater, Paradise, Pa. The bus will leave Georgetown Square East Market Street, Aug. 18, at 8 a.m. and return around 6:30 p.m. The cost for each person is $57, which includes a buffet lunch. Registration and payment is due Aug. 1. Call Hilda Parker at 856-2670, or Isabelle Morris at 856-7845 for details.

Senior Center Trip
Nanticoke Senior Center Trip to Boston, Newport Mansions and Foxwoods, Oct. 2-6, five days and four nights, $475 per person. For more information, call 629-4939.

Trap Pond State Park
Park Office: (302) 875-5153
The park, located off Rt. 24 east of Laurel, is open from 8 a.m. to sunset year-round. A daily park entrance fee is charged from May to October.

Group Programs
Hayrides, canoe trips, kayak trips, hikes, and more are available for groups of 10 or more and can be arranged through the Nature Center. Group programs are available by reservation only.

Owl Prowl, Thursday, Aug. 18, 9 p.m.
First, enjoy a presentation to learn about these birds of prey. Then take an evening stroll through the park to look for their habitat and listen for their distinctive calls. Meet at the campground pavilion. $3.

Birds Galore, Saturday, Aug. 20, 4 p.m.
Partcipants will hike the the trail, waterside and fields to discover the calls and sights of the local bird population. Binoculars and field guides are recommended. Pre-register by calling 875-5163.

Weekly Programs
Trap Pond is offering weekly programs with a little twist. The program styles remain the same but each week a new animal, insect, plant or story to entertain children of all ages will be introduced. Weekly programs will be held at the Nature Center unless otherwise noted. Call for a complete schedule.

Healthy Living Hike, Mondays through Aug. 15, 11 a.m.
Did you know that physical activity boosts self-image and self-confidence, and helps protect against heart disease and strokes? Jump-start your morning by trekking along one of the many trails within the park.

Children's Story Hour, Mondays through Aug. 15, 1 p.m.
Children 5 and older are encouraged to listen to the park naturalist read a story book about nature. Afterward, there will be games or crafts. Books will include The Giving Tree, Everybody is Somebody's Lunch, The Lorax, The Salamander Room and Stellaluna.

Junior Naturalist, Tuesdays through Aug. 16, 11 a.m.
Participants will spend time learning about the natural world and work on important projects in the park - canoe trails, walking trails, in the Nature Center and on other projects. Learn what the naturalists do and about wildlife in the park.

Habitat Hike, Wednesdays through Aug. 17, 11 a.m.
Have you ever heard of a vernal pool? Did you know that a dragonfly begins life under water? Have you ever rolled a decaying log over to find a smorgasbord of insects and amphibians? Join us as we explore the various habitats that insects and animals rely upon for survival. Meet at the Nature Center and wear shoes that can get a little muddy and wet.

Fish Tales, Thursdays through Aug. 18, 2:30 p.m.
Join us each Thursday as we use nets and buckets to visit with these underwater creatures to learn what it is like to live in Trap Pond. Is it clean and healthy? What do they think of their above-ground neighbors? What kinds of things do we do to help or hurt our underwater friends? Meet us down by the boat house and wear clothes that can get dirty and shoes that can get wet.