Seaford Library and Job Center All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us. The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have Baby Bookworms on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. This program introduces kids ages 18-36 months old to the world of nursery rhymes and books. There is a Pre-K and Kindergarten Story Time with crafts and songs at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center every first and third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Come and join the Time Traveling Book Club at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center the second Thursday of each month starting at 1:30 p.m. This is a home school program for children in 3rd through 6th grade. Come and join the SMore Books Club for kids in 3rd through 5th grade at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center the second Thursday of each month starting at 4 p.m. The kids will read great books, discuss them with friends and do a fun craft. Come and join the Livin/Lovin Library Club for kids in 3rd through 6th grade at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. Kids will volunteer at the library and learn how it works. The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have Family Fun Night every fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. This is a program for families and children of all ages. 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. John Kisela will perform Carols In A Way Youve Never Heard Before at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24, for the Christmas holiday. We will reopen Monday, Dec. 26, during our regular business hours. The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have Family Fun Night with the Possum Point Players performing an old time radio theater production of the Lone Ranger on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, for the New Year Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3, during our regular business hours. Job Center For more information, visit www.lib.de.us/jobcenter or call the Seaford Job Center at 222-3618. The Job Center at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center in cooperation with Sussex Tech will be offering English as a Second Language (ESL) on Tuesdays and Thursday nights at 5:30 p.m. Call 222-3618 to register. The Job Center at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center is offering High School Diploma/GED classes every other Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 302-883-0420 or 888-321-4723, email email@example.com or visit http://dcdal.org. The Job Center at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center will offer Open Lab for walk-in patrons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Call 302-222-3618 for more information.
Help SHS, eat at IHOP On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Seaford IHOP in the Lowes Shopping Center will give the Seaford Historical Society (SHS), 10% of the value of all sales during the dinner hours of 4 to 9 p.m. Customers must present a coupon in order for SHS to receive the donation. Coupons may be obtained from any SHS member or the SHS office at 203 High St., Seaford, 628-9828. Coupons are also available online at www.seafordhistoricalsociety.com. SHS will use the money for operating expenses at the Ross Mansion and the Seaford Museum.
Lights and Santa Jeff Caudill of Elks Road, Seaford, has a display of more than 30,000 lights at his home north of Seaford. Caudill also takes on the role of Santa Claus from 5:30 to 8 or 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. His son, Dean, helps him in his role as an elf. Donations collected at the display are given to the SPCA of Sussex County. From U.S. 13, turn west onto Elk Road and Caudills house is the second on the left.
Nanticoke River Arts Council The Nanticoke River Arts Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Gallery 107, located at 107 Pine St., Seaford.Everyone is invited to attend. The gallery is open to the public Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m., Fridays 1 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the council or the gallery, contactthe gallery at 628-ARTS (2787) or Christina Darby at 629-4321. A handmade dulcimer will be raffled off in the spring of 2012. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The dulcimer is on view in the gallery where tickets can be purchased.
Seaford Santa House Santa will be at his house in the Lowes Shopping Center between IHOP and Little Caesars Pizza to greet area children. A non-perishable food item is requested to help feed the needy in the Seaford community. Santas schedule: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 4-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19-23, 5-7 p.m.
Pre-war holiday train exhibit The Seaford Museum is presenting an encore exhibit of model trains up to the year 1941, generally referred to as Pre-War model trains. The model train exhibit fills the Webb Room of the museum and will be open through Saturday, Jan. 15. The Sea Side Model Train Club will again set up a moving train exhibit. The museum, located in the old Post Office Building at 203 High Street, is open from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
SHS raffles patriotic throw The Seaford Historical Society is raffling a small hand-crocheted American flag quilt. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and available from SHS members or the office at 203 High Street, 628-9828. The drawing will take place at the SHS annual meeting on Jan. 16, 2012. For more information, call 628-9828.
Stay & Play Parents As Teachers, Seaford Stay & Play is open tofamilies with children birth through 60 months (prior to kindergartenentry) Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to noon, West Seaford Elementary. Families must pre-register. For more information, contact Trisha Emmett at 682-4379.
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 details, call 875-3184.
Laurel Library Tech Talk - Having problems with your computer, camera or other electronic device? Then come over to the Laurel Public Library every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and have your questions answered. The librarys very own Tech Guy, Jack Hall, will be open for consultation as he guides you through the electronic world. Preschool Story Time - Looking for some interactive fun with your young children? Well come on down to the Laurel Public Library every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for our Preschool Story Time. Children ages 2 and up and their caregivers are invited to attend for fun with books, music, games and so much more. A special Winter Crafts Day will be held on Dec. 27. Also, make sure to stop by and welcome our new childrens librarian, Cindy Woodruff, as well as see our newly decorated Story Book room. Call 875-3184 for more information.
Oyster Fritter Fry Hope Lodge #4 of Laurel will have an oyster fritter fry on Saturday, Dec. 17. Oyster fritters, cream of crab soup and crab cakes will be available. Come out to our Sixth Street location and take a break from Christmas shopping. All are welcome.
2011 Santa House in Laurel Park The Santa House in Laurel Park hosted by Odd Fellows Lodge #27 and located at Route 24 & 13A by the gazebo in Laurel, will be open the following dates and times this holiday season: Friday, Dec. 16, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m.
Holiday train show, sale The DelMarVa Model Railroad Club will hold the 26th annual holiday train show, open house and sale through Jan. 15, 2012, at 103 E. State St., Delmar, on the second floor of Camelot Hall. Saturdays include: Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. Sundays include: Jan. 8, 2012 and Jan. 15, 2012. Saturdays are from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sundays are from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Greg Coughlin at 536-1418 or Scalelike_ind@comcast.net.
Delmar Library holiday hours The Delmar Public Library will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 26. We will also be closed on Saturday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
Delmar Public Library Recent Reads - Friday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. - Calling allhomeschooled kids! Were beginning a book club foryoung readers of all abilities. Join us for this first meeting and help us shape this exciting new club. Teen Day - Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Noon-6 p.m. - Snacks, games and activities for Middle and high schoolers are welcome. Afterschool Games - every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. - Middle and highschoolers are invited to join their peers forWii andPlaystation games. Snacks will be provided. Preschool Storytime - every Wednesday at 10 p.m. - Kids ages 2-6 are invited to join Ms. Jessica for an interactive, educational and creativestorytime filled with songs, games, books and crafts.
Breakfast with Santa The Delmar Fire Department is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The event, which is free to the public, will take place at the fire department at the corner of Grove Street and Bi-State Boulevard in Delmar.
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 details, contact Robin Miller at 349-5309.
CHEER lunch and tour The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center, 41 Schulze Road, Greenwood, is accepting new members. Anyone over the age of 50 who schedules a tour of the center will enjoy a complimentary lunch. Reservations are required. To schedule a tour, call the Site Manager, Dixie Carlisle at 349-5237.
GMS Christmas Concert The joyous Christmas season is here! You are invited to join the students of Greenwood Mennonite School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, for their annual Christmas concert. The school is located at 12802 Mennonite School Rd., just east of Greenwood. For more information, visit www.gmsflames.org or call the school office at 349-4131.
Bridgeville Library The following events will be held at the Bridgeville Public Library in December and January. All programming provided by the library is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Johnson at 337-7401, ext. 107. Lap Sit - Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 months to 2 years Story Time - Tuesdays 11 a.m. for ages 2-4 and Thursdays 11 a.m. for ages 4-6 Family Nights - Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20: Woodbridge Theater Company presents Stuart Little Jan. 17: Pajama and Movie Night - Children are welcome to wear pajamas and/or bring their favorite stuffed animal. The movie will begin promptly at 6:40 p.m. Milk and cookies to end the evening. Teen Programming - Book Talk: Trapped by Michael Northop is the book selection for our teen winter book discussion. If you are between the ages of 13-17, join us on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Talent Showcase: On Saturday, Jan. 7 from 6-8 p.m., the library is sponsoring a teen talent showcase. Pre-registration is required. Call the circulation desk at 337-7401, ext.101. Recent Reads at your Library - Saturday, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Genealogy Discussion Group - Our Genealogy Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Join us to discuss, research and enjoy genealogy.
Caroling in the Park The Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club is hosting Caroling in the Park at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Bridgeville Historical Park. Lifeway Church of Gods Praise & Worship team will provide the music for the evening. Everyone is welcome to come out and support this community event.
Library displays artists work If you are still looking for the perfect Christmas/Holiday gift, you should visit the Bridgeville Library. For the month of December, the Bridgeville Library is displaying the work of Kathy Boyle, a wildlife artist who works in wood, bronze and silver. For 30 years Kathy has carved birds. She begins each piece by researching the species she will carve. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country in many prestigious shows. Kathy and her husband, Ernie Muehlmatt, reside in Salisbury. Her art is available for purchase and can be seen during library hours at the Bridgeville Public Library, 600 S. Cannon St., Bridgeville.
Victorian Open House The Bethel Museum has undergone many extensive interior changes in the past year thanks to a partnership with the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the guidance of director Kevin Phillips. The museum has housed artifacts related to the shipbuilding industry and the division will help with arranging the displays and contributing furniture of the Victorian era. Visit the Victorian Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Winter Caribbean Cruise Dr. Marie Wolfgang is again sponsoring a 12 night Winter Getaway Cruise to the southern Caribbean as a fundraiser for Relay for Life, sailing from Cape Liberty, N.J. on Feb. 10. The itinerary includes St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Johns (Antigua), St. Lucia and St. Maarten (Philipsburg). Transportation to and from the dock is available. For a brochure, call or visit Dr. Wolfgangs office at One Cedar Avenue in Seaford or call Carolyn Griffith at 629-4471. Space is limited.
AARP 915 bus trips AARP Chapter 915 is offering the following bus trip: Feb. 25-March 4, 2012 - Miami/Key West, Fla. - Miami area, cruise Biscayne Bay, Hollywood Beach, South Beach, Key West and much more. $670 single occupancy - $75 due with sign-up by November. For more information, call Diana at 410-754-8189 or Lucille at 410-754-8588.
Seaford AARP trips Seaford AARP is offering the following trips which are open to the public. May 10, 2012 - Sight & Sound Theatre to see Jonah and eat at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Cost: $111 per person/doubles with bus drivers tip included. For more information, call Rose at 302-629-7180 May 22-25 - Newport & Block Island, Rhode Island - 2 hot meals per day, take the ferry to Block Island and enjoy a narrated bus tour of the island with time to explore the shops and have lunch. A Newport Harbor cruise followed by a visit to the Brick Marketplace or Bannisters Wharf for more shop browsing. Also an audio tour of two guilded-age mansions. Bus driver tip included. Cost: $494 per person/doubles.
Trip to see Jonah St. Johns U.M.C., Seaford, is scheduling a bus trip for April 19, 2012, to Sight and Sound Theatre in Strasburg, Pa., to see Jonah. Departure is at 8:30 a.m. sharp for a 1 p.m. show. The $68 cost covers the show, bus and the drivers tip. A self-pay dinner at Cracker Barrel follows the show. Call Ruth Rhoades at 629-0789 for more information and to reserve your seats, only 8 left.
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.
Seaford Widowed Persons meet The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 12:15 p.m. at the Georgia House in Laurel. There will be a Christmas program. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Please come join us Ð we all enjoy the trips, lunches, dinners, etc. that we do.
No meeting in December The 39th District Democrats will not meet in December due to the holidays. In January, the 39th District will join those from the 35th district with meeting time and place to be announced.
NARFE holiday meeting The Western Sussex Chapter (1992) of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will hold their holiday meeting on Monday, Dec. 19 at noon, with lunch at the Pizza King Restaurant on Stein Highway in Seaford. Please bring cookies to share and a gift to donate to the Home of the Brave. For more information, contact Richard Stec at 684-1729.
New YoungWriters group A new writing group for young writers is being formed at the Laurel Library. Thiswriters group is designed for people ages 13 to 30, who are serious about becoming professional writers. All ages and writing abilities are welcome. Meetings will be held every second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Laurel Public Library, 2nd floor. For more information,visit www.laurel.lib.de.us, call 875-3184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Genealogical Society Meeting The Sussex County Genealogical Society will hold its membership meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the upstairs meeting room of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Members and visitors are invited to come share their family histories while enjoying refreshments and fellowship.Information on the society and its events can be found at http://scgsdelaware.org or by calling 875-5418.
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.
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 in Galestown, Md. No breakfast in December. The next breakfast will be January 22
Community Christmas Concerts The Milford Community Band will present three public Christmas Concerts during December. Concerts are free, but a free will offering will be taken. Concerts will be held: Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. - First State Baptist Church, Walker Road, Dover
Ham/Turkey Shoot schedule Ellendale Ruritan Ham/Turkey Shoot will be held at the Georgetown/Ellendale VFW, 1/2 mile south of the Rt. 113 and 16 intersection. The 2011-2012 schedule includes the following dates: Dec. 17, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 24 and April 28. Corresponding rain/snow dates are Feb. 4, March 3, March 31 and May 5 with no make up in December. Sign up starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by shooting at 11 a.m. For possible cancellations, call 302-249-7025.
New Years dinner, gala Victory Junction will host a New Years Dinner and Gala on Dec. 31, at the Millsboro VFW. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $10. Call for tickets at 934-6995.
Celebrate the holidays in Vienna Travel the luminaria lined streets of Vienna, Md., on Saturday, Dec. 17. From 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy the free tram, decorations, entertainment at the churches, Santa and button factory museum. For $3 tour at least four homes beginning at Vienna Heritage Museum on Race Street. Sponsored by Vienna Heritage Foundation and Chicone Ruritans. For more information, call 410 376-3413.
2012 Mar-Del Watermelon pageant The Mar-Del Watermelon Association is looking for young women between the ages of 19 to 23, to enter their pageant for the 2012 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen. As the Mar-Del Watermelon spokesperson you will travel the Eastern Shore and other states spreading the word about the healthy benefits of watermelon and you will have the opportunity to compete for the 2013 National Watermelon Queen. The entry deadline is Jan. 15, 2012. The pageant is Feb. 3-4. For more information and to obtain an application, visit www.mardelwatermelon.org.