Seaford Farmers' Market The Western Sussex Farmers' Market will be open Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon, through Sept. 3.The market is located on the Boys and Girls Club property at 310 Virginia Ave. in Seaford. In addition to fresh local produce, there will be educational and fun activities each week. Find the market on Facebook or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessible Gardening info The Sussex County Master Gardeners' Accessible Gardening Group will have an information table at the Western Sussex Farmers' Market on Saturday, July 23. Learn what tools and techniques are available for the gardener as we age or develop mobility issues.
Seaford Library All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
The Nanticoke River Yacht Club is hosting the Jones Boys on August 12, from 7 - 11 p.m. Refreshments will be available at 6 p.m. Tickets, at $6 each, are available at Fantasy Salon, 224 High Street; Sturgis Marine, 20676 Sussex Highway, or at the door of the yacht club that evening. The yacht club is at 30 Market Street, Blades, next to the Blades Marina.
- The Teen Summer Reading Program will have a "Gaming Tournament: Madden 2011" at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, July 21, at 4 p.m.
- Registration for the Children's Summer Reading Program ends Friday, July 22.
- The Children's Summer Reading Program will have "Movie Monday" at the library on Monday, July 25, at 1 p.m.
- The Children's Summer Reading Program will have "Bugs, Baboons, and Story Tunes" by Tom Sieling at the library on Tuesday, July 26, at 4 p.m.
- The Children's Summer Reading Program will have "World Wide Sports and Fitness" with Jump Bunch at the library on Wednesday, July 27, at 2 p.m.
- The Teen Summer Reading Program will have a Movie Night at the library on Thursday, July 28, at 4 p.m.
- Registration for the Teen Summer Reading Program ends Tuesday, Aug. 2.
- The Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Stroke Support Group meets at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center every third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 629-6226.
- The Nanticoke River Arts Council will meet at the library every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The Nanticoke River Arts is a group of local artists and friends dedicated to promoting the arts. For more information, call Christina Darby at 629-4321.
- The Teen Summer Reading Program will have its Grand Finale, "Haitian Showcase," on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. Jones Boys Duo
AFRAM Festival raffle The Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival kicks off its 2011 season with a crab and seafood feast raffle. The winner of the raffle will receive one bushel of crabs and seafood, one dozen ears of corn, one case of root beer and one Smith Island cake. Raffle tickets are $5 each, or $20 for a book of five. Call 628-1908 for tickets. Proceeds will support this year's festival program. The annual Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival will be held on Aug. 12-13 at Nutter Park near the Chandler Heights development of Seaford. This year's theme is self-determination. The festival will begin on Friday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. and will include the Family Feud/A Team showdown, Force One's Old School Party (with DJ Blade), and at 8 p.m., Zion Reggae Band. On Saturday, Aug. 13, the AFRAM parade travels through Seaford at 10 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony, the Sussex Tech Marching Band and Sankofa's African Drummers & Dancers. Later on Saturday afternoon will be Spoken Word, the Power Gospel Hour, the R&B Hour, and Force One's Old School Party & Dance Contest (with DJ Blade). For more information and a complete festival schedule, visit www.easternshoreafram.org.
Yard sale at Ross Mansion The Seaford Historical Society's yard sale on the Ross Mansion lawn will be held on Saturday, July 23 from 8 a.m until noon. There will be offerings of antique furniture and accumulated properties of the society along with items donated to SHS for sale. Small items that people would like to donate to sell should be put in the gray box on the front porch of the Ross Mansion. Large items that people would like to donate for selling may be picked up and stored until July 23, by calling Anne Nesbitt at 628-7788. Larger and higher priced items will be sold at silent auction. A 10' x 10' booth may be rented for $10 by calling 628-9828.
Free concert at the Ross Mansion On Sunday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m., on the lawn of the Ross Mansion, the Seaford Historical Society will present a concert that is free to the public. Harley Davidson of Seaford is assuming the cost of this concert. The Milford Community Concert Band, under the leadership of Phil Steinhoff, will provide a rich sound and a polished rendition of a wide variety of music. For more information, call the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828.
'Recent Reads' book club The Laurel Public Library's new book club, "Recent Reads," for adults meets every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bring what you're reading or listening to. For details contact Wenona at email@example.com or 875-3184.
'Share the Hope Dinner' The Longaberger Company is teaming up with local Longaberger independent home consultants and the American Cancer Society for the 2011 Horizon of Hope campaign for breast cancer research and awareness. To celebrate this year's campaign, local Home Consultants Joanne Musser, Wade Bryan, Debbie Elliott and Janie Goslee of the Bee Weavers branch of Laurel/Delmar will hold a special Longaberger event, "Share the Hope Dinner," featuring the limited edition 2011 Horizon of Hope basket as well as other Horizon of Hope "pink" products. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Salisbury Moose on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. The cost is $60 per person which includes dinner by "My Turn to Cook" and your choice of a warm brown or white and pink basket. There will be a live auction, raffles and other activities to make this a fun filled evening with family and friends. Carol Moore will be the guest speaker. To make a reservation, donate to Horizon of Hope or order a 2011 Horizon of Hope product, call Joanne Musser at 875-3798, Wade Bryan at 462-0885, Debbie Elliott at 846-2215 and Janie Goslee at 410-896-2271. All proceeds will benefit The American Cancer Society. For more information about Horizon of Hope, visit www.longaberger.com/horizonofhope.
'Bugs, Baboons, and Story Tunes!' Tom Sieling, widely acclaimed singer and songwriter from Newfield, N.Y., will perform a free, very participatory children's music program, "Bugs, Baboons, and Story Tunes!" at the Laurel Public Library at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. This show consists of humorous children's songs that are guaranteed to engage everyone. Tom accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica and a drum machine, and all songs include parts for the kids. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 875-3184 or email Gail Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALA skydiving fundraiser The American Lung Association in Delaware is sponsoring the 2nd Annual "Fighting for Air at All Extremes," a skydiving fundraiser. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17 at Skydive Delmarva on 32524 Aero Dr., Route 24 West in Laurel. Participants can join the jump as an individual, team, volunteer or sponsor. All skydivers must be 18 or older. A fundraising minimum of $300 is required to receive a tandem jump. All fundraisers will receive gift bags and t-shirts. Prizes will be awarded to fundraisers who raise $500 or more. To register, contact Kelli Burris at 737-6414, ext. 14 or at email@example.com or visit www.lunginfo.org/skydive.
Spiritual block party planned A local church is planning to bring a spiritual outreach event to the Laurel community this summer. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Cook House open for summer The Laurel Historical Society will once again open the doors of the Cook House for summer visits. The Cook House, located at 502 East Fourth St., in Laurel, is the headquarters of the society and contains many displays of the history and culture of the Laurel area. Many items are shown that depict life in Laurel in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Cook House will be open every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. through October, except for holidays. Call 877-0110 for more information.
Summer Reading Program The following events are planned for the Laurel Public Library's Summer Reading Program.
For more information, contact Gail Bruce, summer reading program director, 875-3184.
- Wednesday, July 27, 2 p.m. - Musician Tom Sieling presents "Bugs, Baboons, and Story Tunes!" All ages welcome.
- Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m. - Rehoboth Summer Children's Theater. All ages welcome
- Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Last day to add books to your reading log.
- Thursday,Aug. 11,2 p.m. - End of the Summer Reading Program Party with an ice cream social, free books and prizes. Everyone is invited.
Sportsman dinner The first annual Sportsman Dinner, "Outdoorsmen for the Harvest," will be held at Laurel Wesleyan Church on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 7 p.m. It will be catered by Famous Dave's BBQ and the special speaker is author and comedian, Joey Hancock. The cost is $20, children six and under are free with an adult. There will be games for kids, music, hayrides, a petting zoo and contests. Vendors on hand will be Gander Mountain, Holly Swamp Taxidermy, Old Hitch Outfitters, Quality Deer Management, and Devastator Game Calls. Tickets are available at the church, 875-5380 or contact Jon Columna, firstname.lastname@example.org, 853-0379. For more info visit www.laurelwesleyan.org or http://outdoorsmenfortheharvest.us.
Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time continues at the Laurel Public Library every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Children and their caregivers are invited to explore books, music, games and crafts. For more information, call 875-3184.
Hope House fundraiser The Laurel Community Foundation invites the public to the Laurel American Legion for an evening of great dance music performed by the Jones Boys to support the Hope House on Saturday, July 30 from 8 p.m. to midnight.Admission is $10 at the door. The Laurel Community Foundation supports Hope House I and II in Laurel in providing transitional housing for more than 20 families with children in school, annually. Come out for a fun-filled evening of music and dancing.
Laurel Farmers' Market open The Laurel Farmer's Auction Market is open for its 71st year. Small boxed lots of produce are offered starting at 9:30 each morning. The market is looking for farmers/gardeners who have a surplus of beans, tomatoes, peppers and other specialty produce to bring it to the market for sale. A prime supply of good produce will be available at the market until mid September.
Wellness Wednesday 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. For more information, contact Robin Miller at 349-5309.
Chicken BBQ opens The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company chicken BBQ is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 3. The dinner includes half a chicken or leg quarters, roll, bag of chips and pickles, all for $7.
Essay contest brochures available Brochures for the 2011 Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen contests are now available by the Ladies Auxiliary of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post of 7478 located at 2 Governors Ave., in Greenwood. This year's theme for the Voice of Democracy contest is, "Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?"The theme for the Patriot's Pen contest is, "Are You Proud of Your Country?" Students who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school may enter. The Voice of Democracy contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 while Patriot's Pen is open to students in the 6 through 8th grades.Rules and judging criteria are included in the brochures.The contests' deadline is Nov. 1, and must be in the hands of the sponsoring VFW Post by midnight of that date. Prizes for winners include U.S. savings bonds for scholarships at the national level, and various cash prizes at local and state levels.
'A Salute To America's Military' The Ways and Means Committee of the Department of Delaware of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW is sponsoring a Patriots' Pride Party on Sept. 30 through Oct. 1, at Blue Hen VFW Post 6483 in Milford, on Haven Lake. A special feature of the event is "A Salute to America's Military," a display of names of men and women who served, or are serving, in the U.S. military.Needed are names of military personnel who have been part of the American military.They can be living or dead, served in peacetime and in war, can be part of any branch of the military service including the Reserves and National Guards, and include male and female military personnel.Military personnel can submit their own names, names of family and friends, buddies they had, or others in the military they respected for whatever reasons.Each submitted name should be printed for clarity, branch of their service and accompanied by a $5 donation. Checks and information should be sent to:Dept. of DE Sr. Vice President M.S. Russell, P.O. Box 900, Greenwood, DE 19950. Deadline for names is Sept. 5.For more details, contact Russell at 349-4220.
School supply drive Two area organizations are joining forces to sponsor a school supply drive for students in the Woodbridge School District.Greenwood Memorial LAVFW Post 7478 and Take My Hand Ministry are collecting school supplies - backpacks, Germ-x hand sanitizer, paper towels, tissues, assorted sizes of baggies, paper plates, napkins and paper lunch bags for the schools. Graph paper, reinforcement rings for notebook paper, and 3x5 and 4x6 note cards are also appreciated. Items can be dropped off at 102 Maryland Ave., Greenwood.The drive will conclude on Aug. 20. If anyone would like to donate to the school supply drive with a monetary donation, checks can be made payable to:TMHM and mailed to P.O. Box 900, Greenwood, DE 19950.Donations are tax-deductible. Contact person for the drive is Dr. Michaele S. Russell at 349-4220.
Adult Summer Reading Club The Greenwood Public Library's adult summer reading club, "Novel Destinations," will continue through Monday, Aug. 15. The club is open to everyone, age 18 and older, or those who have graduated from high school. To participate, register at the Greenwood Library and start reading or listening to your favorite books. Entry slips are filled out for each book. For more information, contact the library at 349-5309.
Summer reading program events
To learn more about these or other programs at the Delmar Public Library, call 846-9894 or visit the library.
- Linda Lugo from the Humane Society of Wicomico County visits on Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about the do's and don'ts of pet and animal care. Donations of kitten or puppy food will be accepted.
- Tom Seiling, singer/guitarist/banjoist, brings music and humor in his performance on Wednesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. Tom, a widely acclaimed singer and string instrumentalist, has performed nationally for more than 20 years.
- Local author Robin Ayele will read her recently published book, Makeda's Marvelous Monday Morning!, on Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. Schoolgirl Makeda explores the sights and sounds of her hometown in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on a beautiful Sunday morning.
'Art in the Park' The Delmar Historical and Art Society (DHAS) proudly presents the first annual "Art in the Park" free summer concert series. Every Thursday in July from 6 to 7:30 p.m., DHAS will host a family concert at State Street Park in Delmar. DHAS will also showcase local artisans by offering table space for vendors to display and sell their artwork. For more information or to rent tables for $10, contact Faith Krebs at 846-2546.
Bridgeville Library New summer Saturday hours - The Bridgeville Public Library will be open on Saturdays in July and August from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information or special needs, contact the library at 337-7401.
- Lap sit - a year round program, is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for kids ages 3 months to 2 years.
- Family nights - The library hosts a family night on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The theme July 19 is "Jungle Johns Balloon and Magic Show."
- Genealogy - The Bridgeville Library genealogy discussion group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
- Summer Reading Program - The program runs until August 16. Most programs are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Heritage Shores event Concert on the lawn with the Beach Bumz Band (a Jimmy Buffet and Beach Boys Tribute Band), Friday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per ticket (all proceeds benefit the Woodbridge School District). Fish fry buffet available for $12 per guest. For more information, contact Jillian Stanley at 337-9910, ext. 325 or email@example.com.
Bus trips offered The City of Seaford Recreation Department is offering the following trip to Camden Yards, Orioles vs. Yankees, Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. Cost is $66 per person and includes the ticket and transportation to the game on a motor coach. Call the office at 629-6809 to reserve your tickets.
Pigeon Forge, Chatanooga Seaford WPS is sponsoring a seven day motorcoach trip to Pigeon Forge and Chattanooga, Tenn., on Sept. 11-17. The cost is $876 and includes six nights lodging, six breakfasts, five dinners, five shows, Safari, Dollywood, Scenic Railway, Lookout Mountain Railway, all taxes, gratuities and baggage handling. For details, call Frances at 629-4416.
Senior Center trips The Laurel Senior Center is offering the following trips:
For more information, call 875-2536.
- Oct. 1-8 - Florida - Disney World & Holy Land
- Dec. 15 - Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show
Dickens Christmas trip AARP 915 is sponsoring a trip to Cambridge, Ohio on Nov. 11-13, for a Dickens Christmas. The trip is all inclusive and sign-ups will be held in July. For more information, call D. Matthews at 410-754-8189.
AARP trip to Maine AARP #1276, Salisbury chapter is offering a trip to Maine on Sept. 12-17 for five nights and six days. Trip includes Portland, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park with other points of interest in each place. Price for double occupancy is $789 per person, $1,038 single. The trip includes 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners (one lobster), transportation, taxes and gratuities. For a brochure, contact Janet at 410-749-6093.
Seaford AARP trips Seaford AARP Chapter #1084 is offering the following trips which are open to the public. Sept. 14-24 - Black Hills, S.D. - 10 breakfasts, 8 dinners. Guided tour of Chicago, Wisconsin Dells cruise. Visit the Corn Palace and Wall Drug. Travel thru the Badlands National Park with a stop at the Visitor's Center. See the Lighting Ceremony on Mt. Rushmore and another visit the next day for a guided tour to walk the President's Trail if you wish, and time to explore the shops. Next day visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Museum of the North American Indian. A drive thru Custer State Park for a photo opportunity of the buffalo and other wildlife. A visit to the Journey Museum, Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory and Historic Deadwood where you will have dinner at the famous Silverado Casino. Travel back to Davenport, Iowa for a stop at the riverfront casino after dinner on your way back home. Cost: $1,125 per person/double. Nov. 6-8 - Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut - Breakfast and dinner vouchers included. Stay at the Great Cedar Hotel and a trip to the Mohegan Sun. Visit the quaint Olde Mystic Village, which is close by, where you can visit the aquarium or the Mystic Seaport Museum on your own as it is within walking distance. Cost: $277 per person/doubles. Dec. 5 - 7 - "Christmas at the Beach" in Virginia Beach, Va. - Ocean front lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners. After dinner take a tour thru the Norfolk Botanical Gardens to view the Garden of Lights and then a bus tour along the boardwalk to enjoy the Holiday Lights at the Beach - over a 25 block area. Also visit the Virginia Air and Space Center, a Christmas show in the Imax Movie Theater, the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News and enjoy a performance of "Star of Wonder: The Mystery of the Christmas Star." On the way home stop at Williamsburg for a 2 hour guided tour in Colonial Williamsburg and some shopping. Cost: $310 per person/doubles. 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.
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.
'Sea Purls' The "Sea Purls" Chapter of The Knitting Guild Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown. For details, call Diane at 228-0235.
Genealogy Bytes meetings Genealogy Bytes will meet on Thursday, Aug. 4 the topic is the use of DNA in tracing your family roots. For more information, visit www.scgsdelaware.org and click on the tab for Computer Group.
Coast Guard Auxiliary The US Coast Guard Auxiliarymeets the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Nanticoke River Yacht Clubon North Market Street in Bladesat 7 p.m. New members are welcome.
Sussex County Marines Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Devil Dog Detachment, meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the VFW Virgil Wilson Post 4961, Middleford Road, Seaford.