Santa House in Seaford Santa will be at his house in the Lowe's Shopping Center between IHOP and Little Caesar's Pizza to greet area children. He is being sponsored again this year by the Seaford Kiwanis Club in partnership with Hiram Lodge #21 of Seaford. Santa requests that a non-perishable food item be brought with you and placed in the box at his house to help feed the needy in the Seaford community. Santa's schedule will be: Dec. 21 & 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.
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.
- "Baby Bookworms" is every Tuesday, starting at 10:30 a.m. This program introduces infants through 48 months old to the world of nursery rhymes and books.
- The "Creative Art Club" is the first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. This program is for students in 3rd through 6th grade. A local art teacher will teach young artists various art forms through fun and creativity.
- The "I Can Read Club" will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. This program is for children in grades K-2. This is a chance to read great books and discuss them with friends and do a fun craft.
- The "Pajama Story Hour," a story time with crafts and songs, will meet at the library on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. ¥ The Friends of the Seaford Library and Cultural Center want your gently used books, CDs, movies, and DVDs. Please drop off all donated items at the old library location on 402 North Porter St. in Seaford (the former library building) through March 2013. You can drop off your donations on the first and third Saturdays each month from 9 a.m. to noon and the first and third Tuesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. No textbooks, reference books, encyclopedias or magazines. For more information, call Barbra at 629-7212 or 236-7379.
- Calling all readers - come to the Seaford Library and Cultural Center for a month long, "Super Bowl" Winter Reading Program. Compete against the Laurel and Delmar libraries to see which library can score the most reading touchdowns. Program runs from Jan. 2-30, 2013. To find out more information on this program, contact the Seaford, Laurel, or Delmar libraries.
- Help the Seaford Library and Cultural Center purchase much needed books with our "Bucks for Books" program. Patrons who donate $5 or more will have their name displayed on a page in the Seaford Library's "Book Of Knowledge." Donations of $50 or more will give you an opportunity to name a chapter in the "Book of Knowledge." You can also help by visiting www.amazon.com to view the Seaford Library's "Wish List" to purchase items for the library.
- The library will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25. We will be open for our regular business hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
- The library will close at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. We will open for our regular business hours on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
- The library will have its Critical Reading Book Discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7.
Job Center For more information, visit www.lib.de.us/jobcenter or call the Seaford Job Center at 222-3618.
- Visit the Open Lab Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 5:30 p.m., to learn how to use a computer, create an email address, find job leads online, fill out an online job application, write a resume, and practice interviews. One-on-one assistance is available through a staff member or volunteer. No registration is required. For more information or to register, call Hope at 222-3618.
- "Practice Interview Sessions," by appointment only. If you have a job interview scheduled, we can role play the interview so that you have a chance to practice describing your experience and qualities. For more information or to register, call Hope at 222-3618.
- "Introduction to Computers," "Intro to MS Word/Excel," "Intermediate Excel" and "Intermediate Word" - Additional classes will begin in January. For more information or to register, call Hope at 222-3618.
Basket weaving class Brenda Brasure will offer her popular basket weaving class on Dec. 22, 29 and Feb. 9, 2013 and Feb. 16. These all day workshops are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one hour for lunch. Cost is $30 with gallery members receiving a 10% discount; kit costs range from $15 to $35. This class is suitable for beginners as well as advanced students. Class size is limited to eight. For more information and to register, call Brenda at 381-6193.
MLK prayer breakfast Jan. 21 Western Sussex MLK Day of Celebration will conduct its annual Rise & Shine Prayer Breakfast honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The event will be held at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville. Tickets for the buffet breakfast, which are $20 each, may be purchased by calling 628-1908. Additional information can be found online at www.easternshoreafram.org. This year, the Seaford School District superintendent, educator and author, Dr. Shawn Joseph, will be the keynote speaker. The theme of the 2013 celebration is, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve." The Outstanding Community Recognition Award recipient for 2013 is John Hollis. Hollis is the Sussex manager of community and government affairs and is also a lobbyist for Nemours Health and Prevention Services. Western Sussex MLK Day of Celebration is headed by Seaford City Councilwoman and Western Sussex MLK Day of Celebration Executive Director Pat A. Jones.
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 details, contact Brenda Villa at 236-9870
Gallery 107 classes Gallery 107 in Seaford is offering the following classes in November. Canvas & Coffee Ongoing - Fridays, 9-11 a.m.; Casual drop in art class - bring your own project or learn how to get started.; no registration required - $5 per session. For more information, call Tammy Kearney at 629-2829. John Schisler - Classical Realism in Oil Ongoing - Mondays, 6-9 p.m.; adults, all levels; members $55, public $65 for three sessions; maximum 8 - Participants of all levels will learn the oil painting techniques of the Dutch Masters through the use of Maroger Medium and will develop skills in basic oil painting using form and color to create compositions working from still life and photographs. Nancy LaPrad - Fall Watercolor classes - Wednesdays - 6-8 p.m.; beginners to advanced; members-$50, public-$55; minimum 3, maximum 8 - Nancy will teach you how to use watercolors to get the effects you want - details, textures, color mixing, etc., or you may work on your own project. Call Nancy for more information, 629-4356
Lionel train exhibit The Seaford Museum's Holiday Train Exhibit will feature many of the model trains of Lionel's Golden Age of the early 1950's. The exhibit will close on Sunday, Jan. 20. The Seashore Railroad Club will feature a running new display this year called "The Fabulous Fifties." Adults are $3 while children are free with an adult. Come relive this wonderful time in American History Thursday through Sunday afternoons, 1 to 4 p.m., in the Webb Exhibit Room of the Seaford Museum, located in downtown Seaford at 203 High St., in the old post office.
Wednesday Night Bingo Wednesday Night Bingo is held weekly at the Seaford Elks Lodge, on Elks Lodge Road, Seaford. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 7. Food is available. Must be 18-years-old to play. For more information, call 629-2458.
Money School presentation Edward Jones Financial Advisor Melinda Tingle of Laurel will present a free program, "Social Security: Your Questions Answered," at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Laurel Public Library, 101 E. Fourth Street in Laurel. The presentation will tackle the following questions: How does Social Security fit into my retirement income plan? When should I start taking benefits? What about taxes? The presentation is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, contact Amanda Lowe at 875-0355.
Preschool Story Time Join Miss Tameca every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Laurel Public Library. Children and their caregivers will enjoy exploring books, music, games and crafts. For details, call 875-3184.
Super Bowl Winter Reading Program Calling all readers! Come to the library for a one month, Super Bowl Winter Reading Program. Compete against other libraries to see which library can score the most reading touchdowns. Program runs from Jan. 2-30, 2013. Find out more information at the Laurel, Seaford or Delmar Library.
Monthly genealogy help time Laurel Library will offer a new genealogy help time on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. If successful these sessions will continue monthly, and will focus primarily on getting started in family research. The first session will be on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 and will meet in the Lowe Genealogy area of the second floor. Volunteer genealogist Linda Mueller will be available to help patrons begin their search using both Internet and library resources. Mueller has taught genealogy classes in Baltimore area libraries for many years and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the area. Beginning genealogists should bring written birth, death, and marriage dates for their immediate families. Wireless Internet is available for laptops. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 875-3184.
No-sew blanket craft program Create a simple blanket throw without sewing a stitch at Laurel Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Carpenter Community Room. Bonnie Elliott, assistant director at Georgetown Public Library, will teach how to make this cozy craft just in time for cold winter weather. A snow date has been set aside for Jan. 29. Participants will need to bring one and a half yards of fleece, scissors or a rotary cutter, and a seam ripper (optional). Fleece can be found at Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabric or any store that sells material. For more information, email email@example.com or call 875-3184.
Santa House in Laurel The Independent Order of Oddfellows, Charity Lodge #27 of Laurel will again be hosting the Santa House in Laurel at the Laurel Town Park, at the intersection of 13A and Route 24, in the heart of town. The Santa House is just to the left (west) of the bandstand/gazebo. There is excellent parking right at the park. The house will be open: Friday, Dec. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m.
Laurel Library events
- An informal time for chess playing continues at Laurel Public Library each Saturday from 10 a.m. -12 noon. Anyone who plays chess is invited to drop in, meet other chess players, and for the time being, bring their own chess boards. For more information call 302-875-3184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The monthly knitting workshop held at the Laurel Public Library will not be held in December. Persons interested in learning to knit or wanting help with their skill levels are invited to join the free group on the last Thursday night of the month, starting on January 31, 2013. Size 7 or 8 needles and a skein of worsted weigh yarn will be required. For more information call 302-875-3184 or email email@example.com
- The Laurel Public Library's own Tech Guy, Jack Hall, will be available to answer your questions every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. For details, call 875-3184.
- Holiday craft time is here! Children, ages 5-12, are invited to drop-in for holiday crafts anytime from 10 a.m. - 12 noon on December 26. Adults must attend with children who may need assistance with crafts. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 875-3184.
- The Laurel Public Library presents Popcorn & PJs! On December 27, the whole family is invited to come watch a family friendly movie in their pajamas! Ice Age: Continental Drift (Rated PG) will be shown at 2 p.m. and Arthur Christmas (Rated PG) will be shown at 6 p.m. The event is free and popcorn will be provided. For more information, email email@example.com or call 875-3184.
Relay for Life fundraiser Laureate Epsilon Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, is holding an ongoing fundraiser at Laurel Pizzaria to benefit Relay for Life. This event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. Pick up one of the flyers at the register upon entering the restaurant and then turn it in with your bill. Laureate Epsilon will automatically receive 10% of the check to benefit Relay For Life. For more information, call 228-5800.
Holiday Train Show celebration The DelMarVa Model Railroad Club will hold a celebration of the 27th anniversary of its free Holiday Train Show, Open House and Sale in Delmar at 103 State St. Visit on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. There is over 6,000 sqf of trains (10 layouts), hundreds of items for sale, games, giveaway, food and prizes. Bring your family and friends. For more information, visit www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org.
"Delmar Goes Hollywood" gala Delmar Goes Hollywood on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, during the Foundation for Delmar Education's community gala. The gala will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Delmar Fire Hall. The event will feature a night of entertainment with heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent and live auctions and a raffle. Attire is semi-formal.
Delmar Public Library The Delmar Public Library will hold the following children/teen programs this month. Game Time will be held for middle and high school students from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27. Join your friends and bring your friendly competitive spirit. Preschool story time meets at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. Join Ms. Jessica for a hands-on, interactive story time filled with books, crafts, and fun for all. A community Christmas Party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the library. Join us for a holiday play performed by local teens and members of the library's Teen Advisory Committee and sing out to karaoke holiday tunes. Refreshments will be served. Waggin' Tails will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Children are encouraged to attend and read to a non-judgmental, four-legged companion that loves to listen to books. Teens can enjoy an afternoon movie from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. Bring a friend; we'll provide the popcorn. The library is closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas, and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, for New Year's. For more information, call 846-9894 or visit the library.
Dinner Club The Greenwood Cheer Activity Center hosts a Dinner Club every Thursday night at 5 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Join us for an evening of dinner, socialization, cards, indoor shuffleboard and bocce ball. Non-members should call 349-5237 for reservations.
Bridgeville Public Library The following events will be held at the Bridgeville Public Library: Fundraiser - We are raffling off a beautifully framed print, "Master Bedroom" by Andrew Wyeth donated by Bud Snyder from Snyder Custom Framing in Seaford. Tickets are $1 each and available at the library. Lap Sit - Lap Sit on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 months to 2 years. Lapsit is on hiatus from through Jan. 8. Story time - Tues. at 11 a.m. for ages 2-4 and Thurs. at 11 a.m. for ages 4-6. Family Nights - Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Teens are invited to join Ms. Jonnell in the Teen Area for crafts and games during this time. Recent Reads Join us for a group discussion of your favorite recent read. Participants are encouraged to attend and share their latest literary favorite. 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.
Ballet Nutcracker performance Delaware Dance Alliance presents, Ballet Nutcracker, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Woodbridge High School. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased at First State Academy of Dance by calling 302-422-2633, by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door.
Holy Land Experience AARP 915 is offering a trip to Orlando, Fla. for a Holy Land Experience, Feb. 24 through March 2, 2013. Visit Holy Land, ancient Jerusalem recreated in Orlando, Morse Museum, Tiffany Chapel and Bok Tower Gardens. Cost is $530/double occupancy. To reserve a spot, call Lucille at 410-754-8588 or 410-754-8189 today.
Seaford AARP offers trips Seaford AARP is offering the following trips in 2013. Wednesday, March 6 - Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, Pa. to see an excellent comedy about a cab driver who has two wives and how he manages to keep it a secret - for a while, that is! Cost is $104 per person. Wednesday, April 17 - Sight & Sound to see "Noah," which depicts the story of Noah and the Ark from the Bible. This is an excellent musical that features singing, dancing, and hundreds of live animals. Cost is $108 per person for show and dinner at Hershey Farms Restaurant. Be sure to sign up early. For more information on these day trips, contact Rose at 629-7180.
USPS meeting United States Power Squadron (USPS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. For details, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.
Sussex Bird Club Meeting Sussex Bird Club meeting will be at 2 p.m. at Cadbury in Lewes (on Gills Neck Rd. just east of the High School). Come and hear how you can become involved in the Delaware BayShore Initiative.
Friends of the Library Members of the community are invited to attend meetings of the Friends of the Laurel Library on the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Carpenter Room at the library.
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.
9-12 group meeting Join us at the 9-12 Delaware Patriots Sussex County Chapter meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Millsboro Fire Hall, 109 E. State St. The 9-12 Delaware Patriots is a grass roots organization that meets monthly and features guest speakers and networking with other conservative citizens. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.912delawarepatriots.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coast Guard Auxiliary The Seaford U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-08 meets the second Thursday of each month at the station at the Nanticoke Marina and Yacht Club in Blades. For details, call Art Wollschlager at 628-8259 or email email@example.com.
Young Professional Writers This writers group is designed for 13 to 30-year-olds who are serious about becoming professional writers. Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every second Monday of the month at the Laurel Public Library. For details, visit www.laurel.lib.de.us, call 875-3184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurel Cub Scouts meet Laurel Cub Scouts meet at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. The Cub Scout program is open to boys ages 6 to 12. New recruits may sign up on a 3 month trial basis for $10. For more information about the program, contact Cub Master Clifford Alpert at 228-2390 or email@example.com.
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 The Galestown Ruritan Club Country Breakfast Buffet is held the last Sunday of the month through May from 7 to 10 a.m., at the Galestown Community Center. The buffet includes eggs, scrapple, sausage, pancakes, potato casserole, hominy, biscuits, toast, fruit cup and sticky buns. The community center is located at 5538 Old School House Rd., at the intersection with Galestown-Reliance Road in Galestown. The next breakfast is December 30.
Ham/Turkey Shoot Schedule The schedule for the 2012-2013 Ham/Turkey Shoot at the Georgetown/Ellendale VFW has been released. Sign up starts at 10:30 a.m. and shooting at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be available for sale by the VFW. Dates are: Dec. 22, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, April 27. Rain dates are Dec. 29, Feb. 2, March 2, March 30 and May 4. If rain dates are cancelled, the schedule will go to the next shoot. For possible cancellations, call 349-7025.
2013 Mar-Del Watermelon Pageant Mar-Del Watermelon Association is looking for interested young women to enter their pageant to select the 2013 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen. The Mar-Del Watermelon. For more information visit us at www.mardelwatermelon.org or call 302.875.2819 Entry deadline is January 17, 2013.
Technician Amateur Radio Class The Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will offer a technician amateur radio license class on Jan. 12-13, 2013, at the Bethany Beach Fire Department on Route 1. The class is open to anyone interested in obtaining an amateur radio ("ham") license. Attendees must purchase and study a study guide prior to the class. The classes will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday ending with administration of the FCC amateur radio license exam. There is no fee but there is a suggested donation of $20 to cover expenses. For more information or to register, contact Dell Palmer, K3AXR, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-208-3328