Bulletin Board
Thursday, November 14, 2013
 
ALL ABOUT SEAFORD:

Annual greens sale The Spade and Trowel Garden Club of Seaford is taking orders for its annual greens sale of holiday decorations handmade by club members using fresh greenery and bright berries. Single candle centerpieces are $15 each; double candle are $25. Door swags are $20; 14-inch wreaths are available in mixed greens for $30, boxwood for $35 or magnolia, $45. Grave mounds are $30. Pick up can be arranged on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Galestown Community Center, or Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ross Mansion across from the Seaford Library. To place an order, or for more information, call Carol Campbell at 337-9332 or email her at marylwoods@aol.com. Deadline to order is Nov. 30.

Class of '93 plans reunion Seaford High School Class of 1993 will hold its 20 year reunion at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, at Grotto Pizza in Seaford. For more information, contact Susan Passwaters DeFord at susandeford@comcast.net or visit the Facebook page, Seaford Senior High School Class of 1993.

Basket Bingo to benefit Hospice A Basket Bingo to benefit Delaware Hospice will be held at the Seaford Moose Lodge on Thursday, Nov. 14. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Bingo begins at 7. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Featured Longaberger products will include the Black Medium Entertaining Basket, Pride Basket, Cottage Pitcher, Pottery, Wrought Iron, a Slice & Serve Tray and Pizza Stone, and many more. For tickets or more information, contact Peggy Dolby at 302-746-4666 or pdolby@delawarehospice.org.

Society plans Victorian Tea Step back into a time of gracious manners while sipping on brewed tea and enjoying Victorian style sweets and savories at the Victorian Tea at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Governor Ross Mansion. Hosted by the Seaford Historical Society, tickets are $12 per person and are limited to 40. They will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Seating is four people per table. Servers in costume will add to the atmosphere of this historic mansion built by William H.H. Ross who to this day remains the youngest person elected governor of Delaware and the only one from Seaford. Reservations may be made by calling the Seaford Historical Society Office at 628-9828 or emailing seafordsociety@verizon.net. We accept cash, checks and most credit cards.

Holiday Bazaar at Senior Center Nanticoke Senior Center's 2013 Holiday Bazaar promises to be bigger and better than ever. Plan to begin your Christmas shopping at this event on Friday, Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 16 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Table rentals are available for vendors at $5 per table for members or $10 per table for non-members. Call 629-4939 for more information.

Christmas Parade The annual Seaford Christmas parade, sponsored by the town and the Downtown Seaford Association, marches through downtown starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. This year's theme is "Olde Delaware Christmas." Carolers will perform in the parking lot of city hall on High Street, beginning at 6 p.m. For details, call 629-9173.

Carolling in the Park Caroling in the Park will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, in downtown Seaford's Gateway Park. Rain date is Friday, Dec. 7. For information, call 629-9173.

Variety Show The Seaford Historical Society will hold a Country Christmas Music Show Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Seaford Middle School. Local bands will perform. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students; tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 628-9500 or the Seaford Museum at 628-9828.

Concerts The all-volunteer Milford Community Band will perform at the Manor House Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:15 p.m. It will also perform Thursday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Seaford High School, in conjunction with the Seaford Community Concerts Association.

Gallery 107 art classes The following classes are scheduled for the month of November at Seaford Gallery 107. For more details, visit nanticokeriverartscouncil.org/Classes.html. Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Children's Art Class with Karen Owens, ages 9 and up, $40, includes light lunch. Ongoing Classes Mondays - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Impressionistic Oil Painting with Linda Steere, $90/month - public, $80 members; 6 - 9 p.m. - Classic Realism in Oil with John Shisler, $65 public, $55 members Wednesdays - 6 - 8 p.m., Watercolor with Nancy Laprad, in her home, $55 public, $50 members Fridays - 9 - 11 a.m., Canvas and Coffee with Tammy Kearney and Nancy Laprad, $5.

Quarter Auction to help spay/neuter On Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:15 p.m., there will be a "Quarter Auction" at the Seaford Fire Station. Cost is $5 for the first paddle and $3 for each additional paddle. There will also be hot dogs and other refreshments, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds go to spay/neuter cats and dogs in Sussex County. For more information, visit www.DelawareSpayNeuter.info.

Bingo at the Elks Lodge Cash Bingo at the Seaford Elks Lodge is every Wednesday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Bingo begins at 7. Also, Bingo is every third Sunday of the month. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and Bingo is at 2 p.m. Must be 18 to attend. The event is non-smoking and there are maximum payouts allowed by law. For details, call 629-2458 or 410-603-0383.

ALL ABOUT LAUREL:

Holiday Craft Sale A Holiday Craft Sale to benefit the Laurel Fire Department Auxiliary will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Laurel Fire Department. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.

Christmas Parade The annual Christmas parade will be Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 7 p.m. This year's theme is "A Storybook Christmas." Applications are available through town hall or on the website For details, call the town hall, 875-2277.

Class of 1972 reunion The Laurel High School Class of 1972 will hold a class reunion on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Grotto Pizza in Seaford from 1-5 p.m. Come join your classmates and check out Mike Foskey's photos and members at facebook page: Laurel High School Class of 72.

Laurel Lioness fundraiser The Laurel Lioness is selling desserts for Thanksgiving to raise money to continue to help those in need. My Turn to Cook will make the desserts of your choice baked fresh. Choices include pumpkin, sweet potato, coconut custard pies, cheese cakes (pumpkin and cherry serve 15 to 18), pumpkin roll (serves 15 to 18), bread pudding (serves 20) and individual apple dumplings. Desserts will be picked up on Wed., Nov. 27, at 113 Carvel Ave., Laurel. Desserts must be ordered by Nov. 20 and paid for in advance. To place an order, call any Lioness or Carole McCrea at 875-5597.

Holiday Dinner raffle tickets The Laurel Historical Society (LHS) announces that raffle tickets for their second annual Holiday Dinner Party for Six are now on sale. With the prize of an elegant dinner party served at their headquarters location, The Cook House, this raffle has proven to be a fun way of raising funds for the preservation and conservation of the society's collection of historic documents, photographs, and artifacts. Although the society does not charge entrance fees to the Laurel Heritage Museum or The Cook House, operational costs must be covered every year. Raffle tickets, which are $10 each or three for $25, are available at the Laurel Chamber of Commerce, The Laurel Coffee House, Laurel Petroleum, O'Neal's Antiques, or from any society member. The drawing for the winning ticket will take place on Nov. 21, at the monthly meeting of the Life in Laurel discussion group held at the Laurel Public Library. Mail completed ticket stubs and your check made payable to the Laurel Historical Society to LHS, P.O. Box 102, Laurel, DE 19956. For more details about the raffle, call 875-7665. To help with food or wine donations, or in any capacity, contact chef Barbara Wise at 875-5535.

Laurel Public Library Closings Thanksgiving - Laurel Public Library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28 and the weekend following. The library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec 12. Computer How-to - One-on-one help with many different skills involving the computer. Examples include: job search, resume, how to use mouse, setting up an email account, and navigating the Internet. For more information, call 875-3184 and speak with Dana. Drop-in Chess - BYOB (bring your own board) to Laurel Public Library on Saturdays for a challenging game of chess. Meet people who share your interest in the game. Drop-in, 10 a.m. and stay as long as you want until 2 p.m. For more information, email normajean.fowler@lib.de.us or call 875-3184. Genealogy Help Session - Searching for your ancestors? Informal help with genealogy research is offered at Laurel Library each month on the second Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., in the 2nd floor genealogy area. Whether you are a novice or an old hand, join other researchers for tips and suggestions for greater success. Advice on using the library collection, the Internet, or other resources will be the main topics. For more information, email normajean.fowler@lib.de.us or call 875-3184. Happy Knitters - Knitting is alive and well at Laurel Public Library at 10:30 on Thursday mornings. Bring in a needlework project to work on and join the group. "Learn to Knit" Workshop - The monthly knitting workshop takes place at 6 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Laurel Public Library on the last Thursday of each month. Intended for the novice, other knitting issues and concerns can be addressed. Newcomers are asked to bring a skein of yarn and size 7 needles for starters. Dates may be changed to accommodate major holidays. For more information, email normajean.fowler@lib.de.us or call 875-3184. Pageturner Book Club - The Pageturner Book Club at Laurel Library is welcoming new members. The club meets at the library on the second Thursday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Join us on Nov. 14, as we discuss, "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child," by Bob Spitz. For more information, email normajean.fowler@lib.de.us or call 875-3184. Recent Reads - Drop in and sample the weekly Book Club at Laurel Public Library, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. It's not your average book club. Bring whatever you're reading, e-books or audiobooks too - anything goes. All are welcome. There will be light refreshments and conversation. Call Wenona for details at 875-3184. Tech Talk - Now, four times a week. Jack the Tech Guy, is available to answer all your questions, from simple to stumpers, every Monday through Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the library at 875-3184.

Youth Programs JumpBunch - Preschool & Early Elementary Activity. On the third Friday of every month from October through April, at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., join us at the Laurel Public Library for a free sports and exercise program for preschoolers and early elementary children. No registration necessary. Structured format introduces a wide variety of sports and builds coordination, balance and confidence. Each class includes warm-ups, floor exercises, the sport activity of the week, stretching and cool down. For more information, email tameca.beckett@lib.de.us or call 875-3184. Preschool Storytime - Come join Ms. Pat and Ms. Tameca every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., at the Laurel Public Library in the Library Story Room. Children and their caregivers will enjoy exploring books, music, games and crafts. For more information, email tameca.beckett@lib.de.us or call 875-3184. Thanksgiving Crafts - Children, ages 5 to 12, are invited to drop-in for Thanksgiving and fall crafts at Laurel Public Library, anytime from 10 a.m. to noon, on Nov. 23. Adults must attend with children who may need assistance with crafts. For more information, email tameca.beckett@lib.de.us or call 875-3184.

Trap Pond offering hayrides Seven Delaware state parks are offering scenic hayrides this fall. In western Sussex County, residents can find hayrides at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel. The rides accommodate 30 to 40 people and are priced from $4 to $6 for adults and from $2 to $3 for children 12 and under. Families are welcome to bring refreshments to enjoy around a campfire after the hayride. For private hayride reservations, contact the Nature Center at Trap Pond at 875-5163.

Laurel Lions Train Show The Laurel Lions Train Show is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Laurel Fire House. There will be train accessories, oyster sandwiches and live entertainment. The Laurel Lions want to keep this historical hobby alive in the community, just as the restored Laurel Railroad Station is being kept alive. The Lions are searching for new vendors to bring life back to the train show. New this year is the Thomas The Train track for youngsters.

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. Laureate Epsilon will receive 10% of the check to benefit Relay For Life. For more information, call 228-5800.

ALL ABOUT DELMAR:

Delmar Community Carol Sing The Delmar Community Carol Sing, sponsored by local churches, will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Delmar High/Middle School Auditorium. Please bring a canned good for distribution to the local needy. Come and enjoy singing and listening to the music. After the caroling, all are welcome for soup, sandwiches and cookies at St. Stephen's Camelot Hall (103 E. State St.).

Dr. Campbell will speak The Delmar Historical & Arts Society will host Dr. William Campbell as a speaker on "Civil War Medicine" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at The Avenue Building, Delmar. Many artifacts will be on display. Immediately following the talk, the group will hold its annual general meeting and election of officers followed by light refreshments. The public is invited to attend.

Wesleyan Christmas Bazaar Delmar Wesleyan Church will hold a Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. There will be crafts and baked goods for sale. Lunch will be served and the Kings Embassadors will perform later that day. For more information, call 875-1153.

Citizen of the Year Delmar (Del.) Mayor Michael Houlihan may be a public servant, but he prefers to present awards rather than receive. That will change this year as he receives the Delmar Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year award. On Thursday, Nov. 14, the spotlight will be on Michael Houlihan for all he does for the town of Delmar. The banquet will take place at the Delmar VFW with hors'deouvres from 6:15-6:45 p.m., a prime rib dinner at 7 p.m., and the ceremony to follow. Tickets are available at the Bank of Delmarva, M & T Bank and town hall or call Lisa Ellis at 410-742-9401.

Holiday Train Show The DelMarVa Model Railroad Club will host its free Holiday Train Show, Open House & Sale at 103 E. State St., Delmar, on the second floor of Camelot Hall. There is something for everyone, with well over 5,000 square feet of trains with 10 train layouts, drawings, games and gifts for the kids, food and hundreds of model railroad items for sale. This will be the largest celebration yet. The event will take place on the following dates: Saturday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 5, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 12, noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Greg Coughlin at 536-1418 or Scalelike_ind@Comcast.net, or visit www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org.

St. Stephens Church fundraiser St. Stephens UMC will have a Love Light Tree to raise money for its many ministries. A Love Light Tree is a Christmas tree decorated with multi-color lights for Christmas and the different colored lights represent different types of ways of honoring loved ones. A minimum of $5 is requested per light and larger gifts are welcome. Checks should be payable to St. Stephens Church with "Love Light Tree," in the memo. Mail checks to: St. Stephens Church, 101 East State St., Delmar, DE 19940.

Delmar Public Library Friday Friendly Folk meet on Fridays in November at 1:30 pm. The group discusses books, listens to presentations by local experts, and shares life lessons. On November 15, Rabbi Bienstock of Beth Israel speaks on the foundations and traditions of Hanukkah. On November 22, discuss your most important life lesson. The Friends of the Delmar Public Library will meet on Thursday, November 21, at 7 pm., to make plans for their final book and bake sale in the current Hayman Meeting Room. Join the Friends, (it's free!), and support the Library. Delmar Public Library will be hosting a Doctor Who open house Saturday, Nov. 23, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join us for the best party in all of TIME and SPACE filled with games, food, crafts, trivia, prizes, and more. Participants are invited to dress up as their favorite Doctor Who character for the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey fun. Michele Procino-Wells, Esquire and Amber B. Woodland, Esquire of Procino Wells, LLC in Seaford will present a free basic estate planning workshop at the Delmar Public Library on Monday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. Learn more about the three phases of estate planning - 1) "lifetime" planning; 2) "end of life" planning; and 3) asset protection planning for long term care. The discussion will cover topics such as Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives, Last Wills and Testaments, and Revocable Living Trusts, which are important legal documents everyone should have. Presenters will also give a brief overview of how seniors and their families can plan to avoid the devastating costs of long term care. Please RSVP to Ashley at 302-628-4140 by Thursday, Nov. 21. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Library will hold a shed-clearing indoor yard sale in the Hayman Meeting Room, from 7 am until Noon. As we prepare to move to temporary quarters during the Library's construction project, we need to sell extras we no longer need. All proceeds will support the operating costs of the Library during the move. Donations will also be accepted during the sale in support of the building project. On Wednesday, November 27, at 11 am, dancers from Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker will make a special appearance. Join us for a story, a craft and some light refreshments. Meet dancers from their December performance of the Nutcracker Suite. All ages welcome. Free! Pages and Pizza book discussion group for middle and high school students will be held on Wednesday, November 27, at 3 pm. The Teen Advisory Council will meet immediately following Pages and Pizza. For more information on these programs, please call the Library at 302-846-9894 or stop in. Program information is also available on our website at delmarpubliclibrary.org or our pages on Facebook and Twitter or Pinterest or you can email us at delmar.library@lib.de.us.

ALL ABOUT BLADES:

Sandwich dinner and yard sale Blades Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will hold a soft shell crab sandwich dinner and indoor yard sale on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. There will be soft shell crab sandwiches, fries, coleslaw, homemade soups and desserts for sale.

ALL ABOUT GREENWOOD:

Cookbooks for sale Cookbooks are available for sale at $12 each at Todds Chapel U.M.C. in Greenwood. These hardbound cookbooks make great Christmas gifts. Proceeds will benefit Todds Chapel youth activities. For more information, call 349-4609.

Lunch & Tour at the Cheer Center The Greenwood Cheer Activity Center is accepting new members. Anyone over the age of 50 who schedules a tour of the center will enjoy a complimentary lunch. Come learn about all the great activities and trips at the center. Be sure to check out our state-of-the art Fitness Center. A Dinner Club is held every Thursday night at 5 and is open to the public. To schedule a tour, call site manager, Dixie Carlisle, at 349-5237.

Harvest Bounty Dinner & Dance On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Harrington-Greenwood-Felton Centennial Rotary (Hub Club) will host a Harvest Bounty Dinner & Dance at 6 p.m., in the Price Community Center, 106 Dorman St., Harrington. Tickets, which are $20 per person, cover admission, a variety of food and drink (including wine and beer) and music. A silent auction and 50/50 are also planned. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary initiative to eradicate polio worldwide. Everyone is welcome. The menu includes homemade soups and chilies, chicken and dumplings, breads and desserts. Call 302-335-4772 to purchase tickets.

ALL ABOUT BRIDGEVILLE:

Christmas Craft Show The Christmas in Bridgeville Craft Show, presented by the Bridgeville Historical Society, is Saturday, Dec. 7. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodbridge Senior High School in Bridgeville. Admission is free. Lunch will be provided by the Bridgeville Lioness Club and a 42-inch television will be raffled off. For information, call 337-7784.

Farm planning holiday open house On Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Bridgeville farm market of TS Smith and Sons will hold its annual Christmas celebration. Not only will the market feature its regular fresh local produce, apple cider donuts and fresh-pressed cider, it will be joined by non-profit groups and community partners to offer ideas for gifts in all price ranges. The Phillis Wheatley Middle School Choir will perform Christmas carols and other favorite holiday tunes from 10 a.m. to noon. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Shoppers may bring their cameras to capture their loved ones telling Santa what's on their list. Weather permitting, the public can enjoy free wagon rides, including one that goes through town as carols are sung aloud. The Woodbridge High School Chapter of Future Farmers of America will stock the Smith greenhouse full of poinsettias in several colors.

This is a one-day sale and they will sell out before the event is over. Other holiday greenery will be available for decorating. Pre-orders can be placed before Dec. 4. Shoppers can enjoy a glass of one of Great Shoals Winery's award winning wines during the event and purchase a bottle or gift pack for gifts. Not only will TS Smith's Black Twig Hard Apple and Blazing Star Hard Peach sparkling cider be available, Great Shoals is bringing the Barlett and Bosc Pear Sparkling and the seasonal favorite Spiced Apple. Deadline for preorders is Dec. 4. All through the farm market, shoppers will be able to feast on free samples and pick up free recipes, cooking ideas, and gift ideas featuring the farm's freshly harvested apples, cider, broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips and other locally grown produce such as sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. The shelves will be stocked with apple butter, applesauce, jams, jellies, mustards, and more. Famous for her fresh apple cake and cream of asparagus soup, Susan Hayes will be on hand with suggestions, cooking tips and gift ideas in addition to samples of popular items from the farm market. Fully customizable fruit baskets orders will be offered and shoppers can place their orders to be sure they are ready on the day desired. Reasonably priced and with a wide range to choose from, baskets can include items brought in by the customer, not only on the day of the event, but every day leading up to the holiday. Popular personalized additions include ornaments, teddy bears and cards. There is no extra charge for this service. For those who place their orders during the event, a discount of 10 percent will be applied. Learn more about TS Smith & Sons at the website, www.tssmithandsons.com, marketing@tssmithandsons.com, or by calling 337-8271.

ALL ABOUT BETHEL:

Vietnam exhibit at Bethel Museum The Bethel Museum presents an exhibit honoring the Delaware men and women who served in the Vietnam War. Visit with Nancy Lynch who wrote the "Vietnam Mailbag" columns in the News Journal during the Vietnam War. She will feature pictures and letters from Delawareans who were in Vietnam. The Delaware Archives will also have an exhibit about Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This is a great way for you to help celebrate Veterans' Day and to honor our Delaware veterans. The Bethel Museum, which is located at 312 First St., Bethel, will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. The museum continues to feature exhibits on the historic sailing rams and other boats built in Bethel.

ALL ABOUT GEORGETOWN:

Fashion and shopping Delaware Tech will host a day of fashion and shopping Saturday, Nov. 23. Saturday Before the Season will include the college's sixth annual fashion show, as well as the Village Shoppes, a number of boutiques and restaurants under one roof. The $35 ticket includes a wine and cheese reception with open seating for the show, 1 to 3 p.m. Funds support study abroad scholarships for students, as well as the Global Understanding Series, workshops and presentations open to students and the community for free. The Village Shoppes will be open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no charge for admission. In addition to offering shoppers the chance to enjoy many regional boutiques and restaurants, there will be a variety of "how to" demonstrations during the day on fashion, skincare, and wellness. For details, visit dtcc.edu/fashionshow or call 259-6089.

Christmas Parade is Dec. 5 The Georgetown Chamber is holding its annual Christmas Parade, scheduled to step off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in Georgetown, will have all the glitz, glamor and glee of any red carpet event. "We usually have over a hundred entries in our parade," said event director, Karin Joensen. "But we expect our "Hollywood Christmas" theme could attract even more this year, and we hope all participants will decorate with the idea of a beloved holiday movie or TV show in mind." The floats, marching bands, clubs, cars, and trucks, etc. will be judged according to their individual categories, and could win an award. All participants will be judged for "Best Theme" and overall "Best in The Show." So grab your (top) hats & (white) gloves and reserve your (sidewalk) seat for Georgetown's 2013 Christmas Parade (The Show), which premieres at 7 p.m. To participate (star) in the Georgetown Parade, visit www.georgetowncoc.com where you can access and submit an entry form online; or call the Georgetown Chamber at 856-1544 for more information.

Deck the Halls Holiday Dinner The Cheer Center will hold its Deck the Halls Holiday Dinner at the Warren L. & Charles C. Allen, Jr. Cheer Community Center in Georgetown from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Kick off the holiday season and enjoy an evening with family and friends. Purchase decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and much more at the Christmas Gift Shop. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Santa's Bake Shop. There will be a live and silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. A buffet dinner, catered by Lighthouse Nook, will feature appetizers, carving station, garden salad, grilled chicken macaroni & cheese, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, dessert bar and coffee and iced tea. There will be a cash bar and entertainment will be provided by Mario Rocco. Tickets are $30 per person. For tickets and more information, call Cheer at 854-9500 or contact David Tidwell at 854-2888.

Caroling on the Circle A Sussex County tradition is celebrating 30 years of putting festive tunes in the heart and much-needed food on the table for countless families. Sussex County government is kicking off its yearly food drive for the community's less fortunate and will celebrate the effort during the 30th annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in downtown Georgetown. The food drive will be held throughout November and December. Each year, the community singing event doubles as a food drive for hungry families in Sussex County, drawing hundreds of residents - along with the support of area schools, businesses and civic organizations - who turn out to sing Christmas carols and collect canned goods for area pantries, churches and food banks. The historic Sussex County Courthouse and picturesque Circle will serve as the backdrop for an evening of traditional and Spanish carols, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. Local singing artists Ed Shockley, Kevin Short and The Reminders will lead the event. Joining them to perform will be the Georgetown Middle School choir and the El Centro Cultural group. After the festivities, free cookies and hot chocolate will be available for all to enjoy at the Georgetown Fire Company, one block south of The Circle. The event is free to attend. Participants only have to bring non-perishable food items for donation. Food items will be collected that night, but donations may be dropped off from now until the end of December, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the County Administrative Offices building, next to the courthouse, in Georgetown. Donations may also be made at the County Administrative Offices West Complex, U.S. 113, in Georgetown, and at the Sussex County Airport terminal building on Rudder Lane, just east of Georgetown. Caroling on The Circle will be held regardless of weather. In the event of rain or snow, it will be moved inside the fire hall on South Bedford Street. For more information, call 855-7700.

ALL ABOUT GALESTOWN:

Country breakfast buffet The Galestown Ruritan Club country breakfast buffet is held the last Sunday of the month from September 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.

Spaghetti Dinner in Galestown The Galestown Community House Committee will host an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Galestown Community House. The meal includes a 20+ item salad bar, your choice of regular or whole wheat pasta, homemade marinara and meat sauces, meatballs, garlic bread, drink and homemade rice pudding or fruit cup for dessert. Carry-outs are available.

ALL ABOUT TRIPS:

Sight and Sound Theater Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville is taking a bus trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa., to see "The Miracle of Christmas," on Friday, Dec. 6. Cost is $101.42 per person and includes bus, show and dinner at Miller's Smorgasboard. Reservations are being accepted along with a deposit of $50 per person. Final payment is due Friday, Nov. 15. For more information and to make reservations, call Joan Hastings, program director at 337-7409, ext. 16. Checks should be made payable to UUMC, designating "Sight and Sound" on the memo line.

Laurel Senior Center trips The Laurel Senior Center is offering these trips: Dec. 2 - Radio City Music Hall "Christmas Spectacular," $115 All ages are welcome and you do not need to be a member to travel with the Laurel Senior Center. For more information, call 875-2536.

Alumni Association offers trips The Delmar Alumni Association is offering the following trips through Holloway Tours for alumni, family and friends. Saturday, Nov. 30 - American Music Theater presents its "2013 Christmas Show" - This show will put you in the Christmas spirit. After the show dinner will be at Cracker Barrel across the street, on your own. $89 Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - Philadelphia Flower Show, TBA Checks should be made payable to the Delmar Alumni Association and mailed to: Dot Wolfgang, 36360 Bi-State Blvd., Delmar, DE 19940. For more information, call Wolfgang at 846-2366.

Lancaster Kitchen Kettle trip Heritage Shores is sponsoring a bus trip to Lancaster to go to Kitchen Kettle Village and Shady Maple Smorgasbord on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Cost is $46 per person and includes the smorgasbord and driver gratuity. To sign up call Susan Lipinski at 302-956-0469.

Miracle of Christmas Caroline County AARP is offering a bus trip to see the Miracle of Christmas at the Millennium Theatre on Friday, Dec. 6, in Lancaster, Pa. The package includes dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, shopping at Rockvale Outlets, Tanger Outlets or Kitchen Kettle Village, motor coach transportation and all taxes and meal gratuities. Cost is $130 per person. For more information, contact Peggy Perry at 410-822-2314.

Winter Cruise Getaway Once again, Dr. Marie Wolfgang is sponsoring a 10-night cruise as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. On Feb. 8, 2014, set sail from Baltimore to the Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' "Grandeur of the Seas." Stops include Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth (Jamaica), and Labadee, Haiti (the private island). Transportation to and from Baltimore is available from Seaford via chartered bus. You may obtain a brochure from Dr. Wolfgang's office at 1 Cedar Ave., Seaford, or by contacting Dori at Boscov's travel. Space is limited.

ALL ABOUT MEETINGS:

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 auxmarchingband@gmail.com

Sail & Power Squadron meeting The Nanticoke River Sail & Power Squadron (NRS&PS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. If you are interested in boating education and safety, and enjoy power boating, sailing or kayaking/canoeing, join us and participate in our classes and social outings. For more information, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.

Order of the Purple Heart Meeting Chapter 1787 of The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is calling all combat wounded veterans to join in their efforts to promote patriotism, history, fraternalism, and assistance to all veterans with VA claims, homelessness and job placement. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Pizza King, 358 E. DuPont Hwy., Millsboro. All combat wounded are invited to come and meet fellow Purple Heart veterans. You do not need to be a member to attend the meeting. For more information, contact John Jackson at 302-228-9577 or jdsussex@verizon.net.

NARFE meeting NARFE National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Western Sussex Chapter 1992, will meet at noon on Monday, Nov. 18, at Pizza King in Seaford. Current federal employees, retirees or spouses - if you are concerned about your future benefits, join NARFE, it is the only organization that is concerned about you and your federal benefits. For more information, call Les Martens at 629-9789.

Republican Women's meeting The Seaford Republican Women's Club will meet at Pizza King on Stein Highway in Seaford on Thursday, Nov. 21. This is one week earlier than usual because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The business meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. with the guest speaker at 11. Lunch will be served at noon with individuals wondering from the menu. This month's speaker will be Jeremy Tucker, manager of marketing and communications for Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC). He will talk about how DEC strikes a balance between providing clean, renewable energy and keeping the rates low. He will also discuss the future of energy supplies. Plans will be introduced for extensive educational studies to be pursued in the future months. The meeting is open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, call Gloria Burton at 629-3470.

State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn Sen. Brian Pettyjohn (R-Georgetown) has announced that he will host a monthly "Coffee with Constituents" meeting. The Senator encourages District 19 residents to stop by to ask a question or share a concern on issues relating to the district or state government. The meetings will take place on the third Saturday of every month, between 8 and 10 a.m. with the location rotating between Bridgeville, Georgetown and Long Neck. The meeting is open to the pubic. No reservations are needed.

DAR Mary Vining Chapter The DAR Mary Vining Chapter meets again in September, November, December, January, February, March, May on the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seaford Library. To join DAR, contact any member or visit the DAR Mary Vining website for more information.

9-12 Group Meetings for the 9-12 Group will take place on the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Millsboro Fire Hall (behind the fire house). The 9-12 meetings are about local, state and national politics. For more information, visit 912DelawarePatriots.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.

Toastmasters Club Southern Delaware Toastmasters Club meets at the Crossroad Community Church, Georgetown. Club meetings are still being held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. Toastmasters International, an educational, leadership and communication organization, has existed since 1924.

Widowed Persons meeting The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Stargate Diner in Seaford. Planned guest speaker will be Tom Wimbrow who will speak on the Ocean City Life Saving Stations. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come by and join us. We all enjoy the trips, lunches, dinners, etc. that we do.

Broad Creek Grange Meeting The Broad Creek Grange meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at Broad Creek Grange Hall (11198 County Seat Hwy., Laurel). For more details, contact Mary Tress at 875-3326. Visitors are welcome.

Genealogical Society meeting The Sussex County Genealogical Society will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. After a brief business meeting, Michael Hait, certified genealogist, will present "Of Sound Mind and Body: Using Probate Records in Your Research." This lecture discusses the process associated with the administration of testate and intestate estates. Example documents illustrate the various and detailed information that probate records can hold about our ancestors, their daily lives, and family relationships.

THINGS TO DO ELSEWHERE:

Holiday Auction, Tastes of Milford The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford will host the Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Rookery North in Milford from 6 to 9 p.m. Co-beneficiary is The Mispillion Art League. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Auctioneer Dave Wilson will conduct the Live Auction. Items (with a minimum value of $25) for the silent and live auction are being accepted. Around 15 local restaurants and caterers will participate this year, offering "tastes" from businesses in the greater Milford area. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the CCGM at 422-3344.

Tickets for Magi Choral Festival Tickets for the 2013 Magi Choral Festival are on sale now at several Lower Shore locations. An annual sellout, the Magi Choral Festival features the internationally-renowned National Christian Choir and the always popular Magi Children's Choir. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, The Magi Fund will present a concert of Christmas music with a few surprises to commemorate past favorites. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Wicomico High School Auditorium in Salisbury. Tickets, which are $15, are available by calling Bonnie Luna at 410-749-1633.

DMHOA to honor Fred Neil Fred Neil, former Baltimore radio broadcaster, will be honored on his 80th birthday at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, by the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA) with a Birthday Pizza Party and Roast at the Indian River Fire Hall, Oak Orchard, Millsboro. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required as space is limited and donations are requested. An auction will be a part of the festivities. Neil has been the volunteer public affairs officer for the DMHOA starting in 2004, since semi-retiring to Delaware. His extensive involvement in sports includes producing the Baltimore Colt Play-by-Play radio broadcasts and producing, writing and co-hosting a radio series with John Unitas, Jimmy Orr, Ordell Braase, Tom Matte and the Oriole's Brooks Robinson. For more information, contact Ron Amadio at 302-945-7943.

Santa's Wonderland On Friday, Dec. 6 & 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 & 14 from 2 to 5 p.m., Oak Ridge Baptist Church will transform their building into a winter wonderland. This free event will offer visits with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday craft making and sweets and hot chocolate. Santa's Wonderland will be held at Oak Ridge Baptist Church's Salisbury campus at 361 Tilghman Rd. (in the Kmart Shopping Center). For more information, visit salisbury.orbc.net/santaswonderland.

Ham/Turkey Shoot schedule The Ellendale Ruritan Ham/Turkey Shoot will take place at the Georgetown/Ellendale VFW. Sign up starts at 10:30 a.m., shooting starts at 11. Cancellations will be made by 9 a.m. Refreshments will be for sale by the VFW. Schedule - Nov. 23, Dec. 21, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22, April 26. Rain dates - Nov. 30, Dec. 28, Feb. 1, March 1, March 29, May 3. For cancellations, call 249-7025.

Players plan silent auction Tickets are on sale for Possum Point Players' Christmas show, Christmas Belles, and their 3rd annual silent auction. The show opens Dec. 6 and runs through Dec. 15. The auction will be held during the two Saturday shows (Dec. 7 and 14). Preview and pre-bidding nights are Friday, Dec. 6 and 13. These are two separate auctions with the highest bids being awarded each Saturday. New items will be up for bid on the second weekend. Donations such as gift certificates, gift baskets, Christmas gifts and homemade crafts are needed for the auction. Contact Cat Baker, chairwoman, at catbak@hotmail.com for more information and to make a donation. Christmas Belles revolves around a church Christmas program which spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Tickets at $23 ($22 for seniors and students) are available online at www.possumpointplayers.org or by calling the PPP ticket line at 856-4560. Christmas Belles is produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Beebe sponsors Holiday of Lights The front lawn of Beebe Healthcare will fill with the voices of children singing carols as the Christmas tree is lit with colorful lights representing friends and loved ones who are being honored and remembered. The 18th Annual Holiday of Lights will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. After the tree lighting, refreshments will be served and Santa Claus will make a special appearance. The names of contributors and those they are recognizing will be published in the Cape Gazette and in the Beebe Medical Foundation's Annual Honor Roll of Donors. To make a contribution, contact the Beebe Medical Foundation at 302-644-2900, or visit www.beebefoundation.org.

Salisbury Christmas Parade The 67th annual Salisbury Jaycees Christmas parade will be Sunday, Dec. 8, beginning at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Mt. Hermon Road and Civic Avenue and ending at East Main and Ward streets. The theme of this year's parade is "Christmas Around the World."