Lewes Polar Bear Plunge Freeze your fur off on Sunday, Feb. 6, with family, friends and frigid fans at the 20th annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge. Presented by Wawa & Comcast, the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge benefits Special Olympics Delaware, an organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. A minimum of $50 in pledges guarantees you an official event sweatshirt and a spot on the beach. Sign up online at www.plungeDE.org, and join the fun on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. on Rehoboth Beach.
Ross Mansion fundraiser at IHOP The Ross Mansion needs a new roof. On Sunday, Jan. 16, IHOP restaurant will honor special coupons which customers should present when paying their bills. They will then donate a certain percentage of the amount of the bill to the Seaford Historical Society. Any member of the Board of Trustees of SHS has a supply of the coupons, or they may be obtained at the SHS office at 203 High Street, phone 628-9828.
Eat at IHOP to help the library Enjoy a meal any time at the IHOP restaurant in Seaford and support the Greenwood Library. Simply fill out a comment card after eating and give it to the cashier as you pay. You will be given a special receipt which you then take to the Greenwood Library on your next visit.
For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
- There will be a Science and Religion book discussion on Monday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center.
- The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have "Baby Bookworms" on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m. This program introduces infants through 36 months old to the world of nursery rhymes and books. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
- The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have Magic Cards Club for teens who like to play Magic Cards on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Tuesday, Jan. 25, starting at 3 p.m.
- There is a Pre-K and Kindergarten "Story Time" at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
- Need help building a resume and job hunting using the Internet? Come to the Nason Computer Room in the Seaford Library and Cultural Center every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- Adults, here is your chance to win some great prizes! Registration for the Adult Winter Reading Program, "Getting Back to Classics," starts Monday, Jan. 24 and ends March 14. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
- There will be a Seaford Library and Cultural Center Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m.
- On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have "Family Fun Night" at 4 p.m. All ages are welcome.
LHS Class of '85 reunion Laurel Senior High School Class of 1985 will hold a reunion at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Georgia House in Laurel. Cost is $35 per person. For more information, contact Jay Hastings at 875-9214 or email@example.com.
LHS Class of 2000 reunion Laurel High School Class of 2000 will hold a reunion on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 9 p.m., at theGeorgia House Restaurant in Laurel. Cost is $35 per person. For more information and to RSVP, call Sara Phillips Walls at 542-4982 or Shannon Whaley Baker at 344-1545 by Jan. 20.
'Learn to Knit' session The Laurel Library knitters will offer a free, one-time, "Learn to Knit" session in the meeting room of the Laurel Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. These knitters have been meeting weekly at the Laurel Library for over 10 years and offer a wealth of experience for any skill level. This session is intended for the beginning novice, but those needing slightly more advanced instructions are welcome to attend. Participants need to bring a pair of size 7 or 8 needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 875-3184.
Sports card show The 1st annual Crawford Foxwell Memorial Sports Card Show will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Station 7 Restaurant in Laurel, at the corner of Rt. 13 and Rt. 9. Former Phillie, Costen Shockley, will be appearing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. signing autographs for $5. Admission is $2, children are free. Each paid admission will receive a 10% discount coupon for lunch at Station 7. The proceeds will benefit the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Salisbury. For more details, contact Donnie Davidson at 443-205-0937 or Mike Lambert at 629-6030.
Come Walk with Us! The Laurel Public Library invites people of all ages to "Come Walk with Us!" on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4 p.m. For details, call 875-3184 or visit www.laurel.lib.de.us.
Homeschool Book Clubs The Laurel Public Library monthly book clubs are designed especially for homeschoolers. Children must be at least 5-years-old to participate. Each club meets once a month on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. For details, call Becky Norton at 875-3184 or email email@example.com.
Annual Pine Wood Derby Cub Scout Pack 90 will hold their annual Pine Wood Derby on Jan. 29. After the race, we will also hold an open division for adults/Boy Scouts or other youth groups that may want to compete. The open division will have an entry fee of $5. For more information, contact Cub Master Clifford Alpert at 228-2390.
Laurel Pride in bloom You can now donate to purchase or maintain planters that change with the seasons. Donate for seasonal plantings or toward maintaining a planter in general. For more information, contact Barbara Wise at 875-5537. Contributions of any amount can be made to Laurel Pride in Bloom, c/o The Bank of Delmarva, 200 E. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.
Winter Blues Party Join us for a Winter Blues Party at the Greenwood CHEER Activity Center on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Cathy Gorman. There will be light refreshments, games and door prizes. For more information, call the center at 349-5237.
Winter Dinner Club The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center will have a Winter Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m. Cost is $5/members and $6/non-members. Join us for an evening of socializing, dinner and card games. For the menu, call the center at 349-5237. Also, there will be a Winter Nights Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be musical entertainment by Tony Windsor. Cost is $6/members and $8/non-members. For the menu or more information, contact Susan Welch at 349-5237.
Wellness Wednesday Do you want to better understand your illness and treatment options and make informed decisions about your health care? Would you like to be assured that the health information you are finding on the Internet is reliable? Every third Wednesday of the month, from 2 to 4 p.m., Consumer Health Librarian for Sussex County, Linda Leonard, will be available at the Greenwood Library to help patrons locate current information and resources about health-related topics. This service is free and open to all. For more information, contact Robin Miller at 349-5309.
Cup of Coffee with Dave State Representative Dave Wilson (R-Cedar Creek Hundred) reminds constituents that he is available for coffee and conversation each month in Bridgeville. The informal monthly meeting - known as a "Cup of Coffee with Dave" - gives constituents a chance to ask Rep. Wilson a question or share with him a concern they may have about the district or state government, while being treated to a free cup of coffee. The monthly coffee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at Jimmy's Grille in Bridgeville from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
For more information on library programs or special needs, contact the library at 337-7401.
- Story time - Tuesdays 11 a.m.- 2 to 4-year-olds; Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 to 6-year-olds; Lap Sit on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 months to 2 years
- Family Nights - Third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m.
- Genealogy Discussion Group - Our Genealogy Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
Art work on display The Friends of the Bridgeville Library are proud to present the art work of Tammy Kearney, member of the Nanticoke River Arts Council, on display at the Bridgeville Library through Feb. 11. The collection includes original paintings and giclee prints. All displayed art is available for purchase. For more information, contact Ms. Kearney at 629-2829.
Douglas Seth to perform The January chill will thaw on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., when Douglas Seth, guitarist, plays Flamenco and classical music at the Bridgeville Public Library. Seth, who is a dynamic and eclectic performer who has appeared throughout the United States and internationally, recently relocated to Seaford. Refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgeville Library and is free and open to all.
Model Railroad Club opens doors The DelMarVa Model Railroad Club is holding its 25th anniversary holiday train show, open house and sale at their 103 East State St., Delmar location on the 2nd floor of the Camelot Hall. There are over 6000 feet of tracks and 10 train layouts in N scale to G scale, including rare pre- and post-war tinplate trains, as well as drawings, games and gifts for kids, food, and hundreds of model railroad items for sale. This is a free event for the public. It will be open Jan. 15 & 16; Sat. 11-5; Sun. noon - 5. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org.
Basket bingo & auction Delmar Middle/High Band Boosters will hold a Basket Bingo & Auction at the Salisbury Moose Lodge on Saturday, Jan. 15. Doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m. Baskets will be filled with goodies and there will be raffles, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Call 410-896-2271 or email email@example.com for ticket information.
San Antonio trip AARP 915 presents a trip to San Antonio, Texas on June 17-27. Cost is $870 per person/double occupancy ($75 due upon signing) and includes: stops in Nashville and Little Rock, Ark.; 18 meals - 10 breakfasts and 8 dinners; a guided tour of San Antonio, a cruise at San Antonio's famous River Walk, a visit to the Alamo and Imax Theater, Institute of Texan Cultures and San Antonio Missions; and a guided tour of LBJ Ranch and much more. For reservations, call 410-754-8189.
AARP trips Seaford AARP Chapter #1084 has trips open to the public. April 11-14 - Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Three hot breakfasts and dinners included: one at the Fiddlin' Pig with entertainment, dinner at Harrah's Cherokee Casino and one at the Carolina Nights Dinner Theater. Visit the Biltmore Estate, the Gardens and the Winery. Take a Lake Lure Cruise, visit the St. Lawrence Basilica and the Cherokee Indian museum. Also a guided tour of Asheville. Cost: $435 per person/doubles and $545 singles. June 6-14 - Branson & The Ozarks in Missouri. 7 shows, College of the Ozarks tour, Stone Hill Winery, Silver Dollar City and a dinner show on the Showboat Branson Belle. Included are 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners. Cost: $875 per person/doubles and $1,110 singles. July 11-14 - Adirondack Adventure in New York. 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners included. A Lake George Sternwheeler Cruise and a Raquette Lake Gilded Age Luncheon Cruise. Also 2 train rides - The Upper Hudson River Railroad and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. One night's dinner at the Saratoga Gaming in Sarotoga Springs. A tour of Great Camp Sagamore built by Vanderbilt. Cost: $565 per person/doubles and $740/singles. Sept. 14-24 - Black Hills, S.D. - 10 breakfasts, 8 dinners. Guided tour of Chicago, Wisconsin Dells cruise, Corn Palace & Wall Drug. Travel through Badlands National Park with a stop at the Visitor's Center. Have dinner and see the Lighting Ceremony on Mt. Rushmore. Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Museum of the North American Indian. Drive thru Custer State Park. Visit the Journey Museum, Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory and Historic Deadwood. Cost: $1,125 per person/doubles and $1,475/singles. For more information on these trips, contact Rose at 629-7180.
Needlepoint Guild The Delaware Seashore Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild meets on the first Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown. For details, call Linda at 644-1523.
Sussex County Marines Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Devil Dog Detachment, meets the first Thursday ofeach month at 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post #6, "the log cabin," in Seaford.
USPS United States Power Squadron (USPS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.
AARP Chapter 1084 AARP Chapter 1084, Seaford area of Western Sussex County, will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall next to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Guest speaker will be WBOC's Charlie Papparelli. This chapter is open to anyone 50 and older. For more information, call Gladys Bonowicz, chapter president, at 875-1519.
Ladies Auxiliary seeks members The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States serves our country by supporting deployed troops and their families, providing scholarships for students and raising money for disabled veterans. To find out how to join, contact your local Ladies Auxiliary VFW, the Seaford VFW, Middleford Road, Seaford, at 629-3092 or Kimberly Norman at 462-0730 or Colleen Shannon at 381-4963.
NARFE The Western Sussex Chapter (1992) of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will hold their next meeting on Monday, Jan. 17, at noon, with lunch at Pizza King in Seaford. There will be an overview presentation on disaster preparedness. For more information, contact Betty Graebner at 875-7287.
Laurel Cub Scouts Laurel Cub Scout Pack 90 holds their weekly meetings at 6:30 every Monday night, in the basement at Centenary UMC in Laurel. The Cub Scout program is designed for boys from 1st grade through 5th grade.
Seaford Widowed Persons The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 12:15 p.m. at the Georgia House in Laurel. The planned guest speaker will be Major Gen. John M. Custer III. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend.
Genealogical Society The Sussex County Genealogical Society will begin its 2011programs on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m.,at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Guest speaker will be Helen Underwood, author of "Under Cedar Shades," who will speak about the research of her book. The book spans five generations of American women of mixed heritage and their families and their struggle to endure displacement, color discrimination, famine, war and exploitation in 19th century America. Dr. William Campbell will be the speaker at the Saturday, Feb. 19 meeting.He will speak about the conditions at Ft. Delaware during the Civil War and bring his collection of medical memorabilia. For more information about the society and upcoming programs, visit www.scgsdelaware.org or call 301-875-5418. Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning how to research their ancestors.
Watermelon Queen Mar-Del Watermelon Association is looking for interested young women to enter their pageant to select the 2011 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen. This contest is looking for young women to become a public spokesperson for the watermelon industry and the opportunity to compete for the 2012 National Watermelon Queen. For more information visit www.mardelwatermelon.org. Entry deadline is January 15.
PPP dinner theater tickets Possum Point Players is accepting dinner reservations for all six performances of the adult musical comedy, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5, and at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Tickets are $40 and reservations can be made by calling the Possum Ticketline at 856-4560. Director Jim Hartzell of Georgetown is working with an excellent cast and a directorial staff including choreographer Deni Robinson of Lewes and co-music directors Melanie Bradley of Lewes and Liz Messick of Laurel. Although the play is about a fictional middle school spelling bee, the actors are all adults, including the six adolescents taking part in the spelling bee. The characters all have their quirks as the contestants and organizers are hit with the stress of competition. This highly acclaimed comedy promises to be fun for all ages. In a unique twist, as designed by the writers, each performance will include audience volunteers who will join in the competition. Although the dinner menu has not yet been announced, Possum dinners are enjoyed by groups of all sizes. Tickets can be ordered individually, or dinner seating can be made for groups of up to 10 people to sit together. In addition to taking reservations for 2011's dinner theater, Possum Point Players are accepting season ticket orders. All requests should be made to the Possum Point Players office.
Country breakfast buffet A country breakfast buffet will be held every fourth Sunday each month through June, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Galestown Community House. Adults, $7; ages 6 to 12, $4; under age 6, no charge. The buffet includes eggs, scrapple, sausage, pancakes, potato casserole, hominy, biscuits, toast, fruit cup and sticky buns. The community house is located on School House Road at the intersection of Galestown and Reliance Roads in Galestown, Md. The next breakfast is Jan. 23.
Delaware railroad history event The Delaware Historical Society is partnering with the Friends of the Georgetown Library and the Delaware Humanities Forum to celebrate Delaware railroad history on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Georgetown Public Library. The evening will include light refreshments followed by a presentation on Delaware railroad history by Michael Dixon. The library will host the Historical Society's traveling exhibition, "Almost as Fast as Birds Can Fly: The Railroad in Delaware History," through the end of January. The event is free and open to the public, and a great way to introduce potential members to one of the many facets of the Delaware Historical Society. R.S.V.P. to the Society at 655-7161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crisis program seeking volunteers ContactLifeline has volunteer opportunities available with the Rape Crisis program. Training classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, every Tues. and Thurs., 6-9 p.m. Individuals interested in helping victims of sexual assault can call Josie at 302-422-1154, ext 1011 or visit the website at www.contactlifeline.org.