Hearts for Hope Dinner and Auction The Laurel Community Foundation invites the public to the Seaford Fire Hall for its annual Hearts for Hope Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. My Turn to Cook will provide a buffet dinner followed by a Silent Auction, music by the Bo Dickerson Band and "Dancing with the Stars." Hope House I and II provide transitional housing for more than 20 families with children in school annually. This event is sure to be an entertaining evening and a tremendous help to families in need. Tickets are available at Laurel Petroleum and Dennis O'Neal Jewelers in Laurel. You may also ask any of the volunteer board members - John Shwed, Donald Hitchens, Ellie Guest, Brad Spicer, Leigh Clark, Everett Hart, Patty Littleton, Catina Goff, Edie Snecdecor, Mollie DeCoster, Garrett Whaley, Nancy Schlicker, Joanne Czernik, Ella Collins and Candace Jones.
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. 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, contact the 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.
Gallery 107 classes
- Childrens Art Class - Beginning Saturday, Jan. 21, Karen Owens will again be offering her children's class for ages 6 through 10. Cost of the class is $40 and will last for 4 weeks; time is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Children will be working in oil pastels and realistic drawing. For more information on this and future classes with Karen, call 628-8656.
- Beginner Basket Weaving Class - starting Saturday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weaving is taught by Brenda Brasure of Bridgeville. Contact Brenda to sign up and for a materials list at 302-381-6193. The cost is $50 for the 5 weeks of classes plus the cost of the basket kits. Enrollment is limited to eight and is on a first come, first served basis.
Read Aloud Delaware training A Read Aloud Delaware volunteer training session will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the new Seaford Public Library, 600 N. Market St. Ext., Seaford. Call 856-2527 to sign up for training or for more information. Volunteer readers are needed at various reading sites in Sussex County.
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 Unique Leadership Conference will meet on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 9:30 a.m. The conference is for girls ages 10-18 and focuses on self esteem, peer pressure, leadership and social skills. Contact Natasha Mullen at 302-858-7525.
- Cancer Support Community will be offering Stress Reduction & Relaxation Yoga Classes on Monday, Jan. 23 starting at 5:45 p.m. For more information, call Latrinka Lee at 302-542-7753.
- The Cancer Support Community will have a "Can Healthy Eating Prevent Breast Cancer?" workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Latrinka Lee at 542-7753.
- Vines and Vessels Christian Writers Fellowship will meet at the library on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 9:30 a.m.
- "Baby Bookworms" will be held 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 every first and third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
- Come and join the "Time Traveling Book Club" on 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 "S'More Books Club" for kids in 3rd through 5th grade on 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 on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. Kids will volunteer at the library and learn how it works.
- Family Fun Night will be held 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. 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 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.
- Open Lab for walk-in patrons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Call 302-222-3618 for more information.
Honoring our heroes Grace Baptist Church is serving those who served. They will hold a coffee and talk time every Tuesday afternoon in the fellowship hall at 805 Atlanta Rd., from 3 to 5 p.m. Anyone who has served, or is now serving, in the armed services of the United States are invited to join to share your memories. This is not a church service, but an outreach to all denominations and all who served or are now serving. It is free of charge. For questions, call 629-8434.
AYCE dinner A chicken & dumplings with parsley potatoes and green beans (AYCE) dinner will be held at American Legion Post 6 in Seaford on Friday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Eat in or take out. Cost is $10. The event is open to the public. Proceeds go to the Amvet Post 1694, "Veterans Helping Veterans."
Stay & Play Parents As Teachers, Seaford Stay & Play is open to families with children birth through 60 months (prior to kindergarten entry) 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.
Library shows WWII documentary The Laurel Public Library is pleased to announce that filmmaker and author, James Diehl will host a film showing and discussion of his new documentary, Vanishing Veterans of World War II: Southern Delaware's Humble Heroes, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carpenter Community Room. Vanishing Voices brings to life recollections from some of the 100 veterans included in Diehl's two previous books, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware, and World War II Heroes of Coastal Delaware. Senator Tom Carper, a Vietnam veteran, narrates the film. Diehl will follow the film with a question and answer discussion period. For more information, visit www.laurel.lib.de.us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knitting workshops continue The monthly Learn to Knit knitting workshops will continue to meet at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month in the meeting room of the Laurel Public Library. The library knitters have been meeting at the Laurel Library for over 11 years, and offer a wealth of experience for any skill level. An introductory packet of instructions is offered free of charge. These evening sessions are intended for the beginning novice, but those needing more slightly 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 email@example.com or call 875-3184.
Laurel Library holds 'Tech Talk' 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 library's very own Tech Guy, Jack Hall, will be open for consultation as he guides you through the electronic world.
Beef and dumpling dinner Laurel Centenary United Methodist Church will sponsor an all-you-can-eat beef and dumpling dinner from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Delmar VFW in Delmar, Md. Adults are $12; children from 6 to 12 are $6 and children under 6 are free. The Delmar VFW is located on W. State Street near the Old Mill Restaurant. Call Centenary Church at 875-3983 to pre-purchase tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Financial management classes The University of Maryland Extension and Delmar Public Library offer a start to the new year with "Munch & Learn," a bring-your-own-eats learning opportunity in January, Financial Wellness Month, focusing on better personal budgeting and credit repair. Munch & Learn: Brown Bag Lunch is Tuesday, Jan. 31, noon to 1 p.m. and Munch & Learn: Do It Yourself Dessert is Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The educational programs are being delivered by Megan O'Neil, finance educator for UMD Extension on the Lower Shore. She is credentialed in both Human Development and Family Studies (CFCS-HDFS) and Personal and Family Financial Education (CFCS-PFFE). Munch & Learn is free. Pre-register for the session of your choice by calling the Delmar Public Library, 846-9894. Plan to bring snacks with you.
Delmar Public Library events
- After School Wii Games and More for teens meets on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 3:30 p.m.
- Decorative Painting workshop on Thursday, Jan. 19 and 26, at 5:30 p.m. The group focuses on acrylic paints and is open to painters of every skill level. Participants are required to provide their own supplies. Patterns are provided. The group is led by Loretta Graf who is a member of the Decorative Painting Society. Registration is not required; however, patterns need to be obtained ahead of time for the prep work to be done before each session. Costs are generally under $10.
- Homeschool Youth Book Club will meet on Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. Bring a copy of the latest book you've read and discuss it. For kids 12 and under.
- Teens are welcome to share a book and pizza at the Pages and Pizza Recent Reads program on Monday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. DPL's Teen Advisory Committee will meet also to offer advice on new library decorations and our materials selection. Pre-registration is required.
- Enjoy books and songs with Miss Jackie on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. Stuffed animals will be spending the night at the library.
- Kids ages 6-10 are invited to Play with Your Food on Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. Bring the kids, talk fruits and veggies and make fun food art. Pre-registration is required. For more information about these programs, call the Delmar Public Library at 846-9894 or visit the library at 101 N. Bi-State Blvd., Delmar.
Masquerade Ball at VFW Post 7478 The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7478 on 2 Governors Avenue in Greenwood, present a Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and $15 for a couple. Includes masks, food, arm band and door prize entry. Music by the Smooth Sound Dance Band of Milford. Catering by TT's House of Catering. Photography (available for $6 a picture) by Ruth Houston. Silent auction and door prizes. Alcohol free with a closed VFW bar.
There is an age minimum of 17 years and ticket sales are limited to 175. Dresses and suits, vintage formal, black tie and/or formal evening wear. Proceeds benefit veterans' programs of the LAVFW. For more information, contact President Carol Reese Summers at 302-393-1757, Sr. VP Michaele Russell at 302-349-4220, and Jr. VP Yvonne Anthony at 302-349-4289.
'Couponing 101' class The Greenwood Public Library will host Couponing 101 on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Greenwood. This program, taught by local "coupon queen" Candy Carey, will cover the ins and outs of couponing to encourage and help both newcomers and veterans in their pursuit of saving money for themselves and their families. The program will be held at the Greenwood VFW Hall at the corner of Governors Avenue and Mill Street in Greenwood. For more information, contact Robin Miller at the library at 349-5309.
Bridgeville Library The following events will be held at the Bridgeville Public Library in January. All programming provided by the library is free and open to the public. For details, contact Karen Johnson at 337-7401.
- 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.
- Recent Reads at your Library - Saturday, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Genealogy Discussion Group - meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Discuss, research and enjoy genealogy.
Art at the Bridgeville Library The Friends of the Bridgeville Library will present the work of two outstanding artists in January, Nancy Hodges LaPrad and Beve S. Handwerger. The work of Nancy Hodges LaPrad will be on display in the reading area. Nancy is a resident of Seaford and a member of the Nanticoke River Arts Council. She likes to paint waterfowl, landscapes, still life and, most recently, portraits in oil. Her work has been widely displayed including the Eastern Shore Room at the Easton Waterfowl Festival. The needlework of Beve S. Handwerger, an Annapolis resident, will be in the library's display case. Beve's art concentration is mixed media and collage. She has two one person shows in the Annapolis area. Both displays can be viewed during library hours. Items in both displays are available for purchase directly from the artists. For more information, call Ruth Skala at 858-1534.
Tourism director to speak Plan to join the Friends of the Bridgeville Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, for a presentation, "Here and There in Southern Delaware," by Scott Thomas. Thomas is the executive director for Southern Delaware Tourism, the Convention and Visitors Bureau for Sussex County. Whether you are a lifelong resident or a new resident in the area, his presentation will offer an opportunity for you to learn what is available in our county. The event will be held in the library meeting room at 600 S. Cannon St., Bridgeville.
Dinners at Mt. Calvary UMC Chicken/Ham/Fish Dinners will be available at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, 28 Church St., Bridgeville. Cost is $10 per platter which consists of chicken, ham, fish, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, string beans, roll and a slice of cake. Deliveries are available for orders of five or more within a 15 mile radius of Bridgeville, longer distances are negotiable. For more information call 629-8764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open house at Maritime Museum Join us for an open house at the newly renovated Bethel Maritime Museum on Sunday, Jan. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. Featuring a new Victorian Christmas exhibit displaying Victorian furniture from the old Governor's mansion, known as Buena Vista in New Castle County, along with nautical objects, furniture and accessories from the Bethel Museum collection and private citizens showing what domestic life might be inside a Bethel home in the late 1800s.
AARP 915 bus trips Feb. 25-March 4 - Miami/Key West, Fla. - Miami area, cruise Biscayne Bay, Hollywood Beach, South Beach, Key West and much more. $670 single occupancy. For details, call Diana at 410-754-8189 or Lucille at 410-754-8588.
Bus trip to Norfolk Seaford WPS is sponsoring a motor coach trip to Norfolk on April 27-29. Cost is $395 per person and includes the following: 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, one on the Spirit of Norfolk, International Tattoo performance, Azalea Festival Parade, NATO Fest activities, Botanical Garden Tram Tour, Mac Arthur Memorial, Chrysler Museum, Naval Base tour, evening entertainment and all gratuities. For more information, contact Fran at 629-4416.
See the 'Cake Boss' live Delaware Technical Community College Owens Campus is offering a bus trip to see Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's baking show "Cake Boss" in "An Afternoon with Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss" at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington on Saturday, March 17. The bus departs the Owens Campus at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Corporate and Community Programs at 856-5618, or online at dtcc.edu/owens/ccp
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 driver's 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 Bannister's 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. John's U.M.C., Seaford, is scheduling a bus trip for April 19, 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 driver's 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.
New Young Writer's group A new writing group for young writers is being formed at the Laurel Library. Meetings will be held every second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Laurel Public Library. For details, visit www.laurel.lib.de.us, call 875-3184 or email email@example.com.
'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.
Ladies Auxiliary The Ladies Auxiliary of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department will meet on Monday, Jan. 23 at the Georgia House in Laurel.
Combined Democrats A combined meeting of the 39th and 35th District Democrats will be held at Jimmie's Restaurant in Bridgeville at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. All interested Democrats are invited to attend.
Republican Women's Club The Seaford Republican Women's Club will meet on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Pizza King on Stein Highway in Seaford. The business meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. with the installation of officers for 2012. The newly elected officers are Gloria Burton, president; Margaret Reining, vice president; Barbara Stetzer, secretary; and Patricia Theis, treasurer. Fred Silva, chairman of the Republican Party for the 39th District, will speak at 11 a.m. He will talk about plans for the GOP in this area. For more information, call Gloria Burton at 629-3470.
Genealogical Society The Sussex County Genealogical Society will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. The speaker, Peggy Fisher, will tell us about the Melungeons, a population thought to be of mixed European ancestry. For more information, visit www.scgsdelaware.org or call 875-5418.
Coast Guard Auxiliary The US Coast Guard Auxiliary meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on North Market Street in Blades at 7 p.m. New members are welcome.
MOAA meets in Lewes The Southern Delaware Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) meets from noon to 1:30 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month at Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant, 213 Anglers Rd., Lewes. All active duty, retired, Guard and Reserve officers and their families, are welcome. Meetings feature speakers who inform attendees on topics of interest to members of the uniformed services.
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. 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. The next breakfast will be January 22.
First State Harmonettes The First State Harmonettes Chorus will hold an open house at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the First Presbyterian Church at 101 S. Walnut St., Milford. Attendees should park and enter in the back of the church. The First State Harmonettes Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, who sing four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop style. Women of all ages in the Sussex and Kent county area who enjoy singing are invited to attend weekly rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7 to 9:15 p.m. To learn more contact Team Leader Dee Postles at 302-270-0304 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.sweetadelineintl.org.
Mardi Gras event Mardi Gras will be held at the Harrington Fire Hall on Saturday, March 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. Music and dancing with DJ, food and drink, silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the Lake Forest Community Education Fund. Tickets $25 per person; reserve at 302-284-3230.
Delaware Horse Expo The Eighth Annual Delaware Horse Expo, expanded to a two-day event, will be held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Admission to the Delaware Horse Expo is $7 for one day or $10 for both days; children 12 and under are free. For details, call 398-5194 or visit www.DeHorseExpo.com.
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 2012 schedule includes the following dates: Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 24 and April 28. Corresponding rain/snow dates are Feb. 4, March 3, March 31 and May 5. Sign up starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by shooting at 11 a.m. For possible cancellations, call 302-249-7025.