ALL ABOUT SEAFORD:
Stuff the Bus for Toys for Tots On Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, the DE Devil Dogs, Marine Corps League, will "Stuff the Bus" for Toys For Tots in front of Wal-Mart in Seaford. A donation of a new, unwrapped toy is appreciated. A child will thank you, and we thank you too.
Hospital shop to hold annual ornament sale The Look-In Glass Shoppe in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, will hold its annual Ornament Personalization Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, in the hospital vending area of the food court.. Shoppers will be able to select from a large variety of Christmas ornaments. Nanticoke's holiday elves will be on duty to personalize the ornaments. Delivery of ornaments will be available within the hospital only. The sale will end early if inventory runs out, so organizers suggest that shoppers who want ornaments show up early. All proceeds from sales will be used toward the purchase of a new fetal monitoring system for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Mother and Baby Care Unit.
Christmas concert at Seaford High School will feature 45 musicians The Seaford Community Concert Association (SCCA) is pleased to add a bonus concert this year. The Milford Community Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at Seaford High School's Madden Auditorium with a Christmas program to brighten the holiday season. An association membership card is adequate for admission to the concert. For this concert only, members may bring additional family members, friends and neighbors. Additional tickets will be $10 at the door. Membership in the SCCA is still open. The pricing for the 2013-2014 concert year remains the same as it was last year. Adult membership is $55, family (all living under one roof) membership is $120 and a student ticket is $15. People can make checks payable to the SCCA and hand them in at the table that will be set up in the lobby at the concert. The membership payment will cover the remaining four concerts. Patron memberships are also available. These gifts allow the association to continue to bring the finest entertainment available to the Seaford area and also helped fund the extra concert. For more information, contact Marjorie Lynch at 337-8195 or visit the website www.Seafordconcerts.org.
Seaford Santa House Santa will be at his house in the Lowe's Shopping Center in Seaford to greet area children on the following dates and times: Sunday, Dec. 8 - 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 - 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 - 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 - 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 - 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 - 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 - 5 to 7 p.m. Santa's House is being sponsored 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.
Parade seeks elevated enclosure Organizers for the 2013 Seaford Christmas Parade are in search of something for the eight judges and two announcers to sit in during the parade. The structure needs to be elevated and partially enclosed. If anyone can help, call Frank at 841-0285 or Sara Lee at 629-6762 as soon as possible. The parade is Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
Holiday train exhibit at museum The Seaford Museum invites everyone to visit its Holiday Train Exhibit, "Trains of Delmarva." The exhibit features many model trains as well as artifacts, pictures and stories of locomotive history. There are many great stories of early train history. The Seashore Railroad Club will feature a new running display this year on the towns of Sussex to coincide with the train exhibit. Children and grandchildren will love these trains that were a central part of travel and commerce on Delmarva. Adults are $3 while children are free with an adult. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Jan. 12. The museum, which is open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., is located in downtown Seaford at 203 High St., in the old post office.
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 email@example.com or visit the Facebook page, Seaford Senior High School Class of 1993.
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. Tony Windsor will be signing Christmas music on the steps of the Seaford Museum, also beginning at 6 p.m. For details, call 629-9173.
Hand bell choir will perform The Jubilee Bell Ringers of Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville will ring in the holiday season at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Woodruff Room. Refreshments will be served.
Country Christmas Music Show The Seaford Historical Society will sponsor a "Country Christmas Music Show" at the Seaford Senior High auditorium on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6. The show is headlined by "The Jones Boys Band" and will feature several other local area bands and singers along with surprise performers. A pedal tractor donated by Hoober, Inc. will be auctioned off during intermission. Jimmy Hoppa, WBOC TV co-anchor of the morning news and co-host of "Delmarva Life," will host the show. Advance admission is $8 for adults and $10 at the door. Student tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Admission is free for preschoolers. To purchase tickets, visit the Seaford Museum in downtown Seaford, Seaford Music, Craig's TV, Hoober, Inc. or Nanticoke Fence. For more information, contact the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828.
Holiday Meet and Greet The Cool Branch Homeowners Association will hold a holiday gathering for all residents of Cool Branch on Monday, Dec. 9 at the Seaford Library from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is just a social gathering, no formal meeting is planned. Clothes, coats and food will be collected for a local Seaford shelter. There will be coffee and tea. Guests should bring cookies, a dessert or finger foods to share.
Basket raffle at Hallmark The last day to buy raffle tickets for a Longaberger basket filled with Hallmark ornaments ($300 value) is Dec. 8. The raffle is sponsored by the First State Keepsake Crown Collectors Club and is held at the Hallmark Store in Seaford. All proceeds go to Toys for Tots and Delaware Hospice. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. You do not have to be present to win.
Gallery 107 art classes The following classes are scheduled for the month of December at Gallery 107 in downtown Seaford. More details are available online at http://nanticokeriverartscouncil.org/Classes.html. The gallery is open 1 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, 1 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Mondays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Dec 9 and 16) - Impressionistic Oil Painting with Linda Steere, $90/month, $80 for members 6 to 9 p.m. - Classic Realism in Oil with John Shisler, $65, $55 for members. Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. - Watercolor with Nancy Laprad, in her home, $55, $50 for members. Fridays 9 to 11 a.m. - Canvas and Coffee with Tammy Kearney and Nancy Laprad, $5.
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. For details, call 629-2458 or 410-603-0383.
ALL ABOUT LAUREL:
Santa House in Laurel The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Charity Lodge #27 of Laurel will host its Santa House at Laurel Town Park, at the intersection of Rts. 13A and 24, in the heart of Laurel. The Santa House is just to the left of the bandstand/gazebo and parking is available at the park. Each child who visits Santa will receive a large candy cane and an age-appropriate book to read. Visits are free. Santa House Schedule Friday, Dec. 6, after the parade Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
Donations for Food Basket program The Laurel office of Edward Jones Investments in Laureltown is accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the 2013 Christmas Food Basket program sponsored by Good Samaritan Aid Organization in Laurel. Donations may be dropped off at the Edward Jones office in Laurel from now through Dec. 23, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Laurel Public Library Holiday closings Christmas - The library will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25. The library will reopen at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec 26. New Year's - The library will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The library will reopen at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan 2. Adult programs, services Affordable Care Act - Find out about the new health insurance marketplace in Delaware. The library is hosting two sessions presented by Choose Health Delaware and the Delmarva Foundation. Spanish speakers welcome. Session one is Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a presentation on how to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan, and opportunity to sign up for individual help. Session two is Thursday, Dec. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. There will be help for individuals enrolling in a Qualified Health Plan. Attendance at Session 1 is recommended but not required to attend Session 2. For more information, call Wendy at 875-3184. Celebrate with holiday music - Laurel Public Library will usher in the winter season with its annual holiday music program at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. This year's program will feature the hand bell choir from Centenary United Methodist Church. New to the program this year is guest soloist Beverly LaFazia, a Laurel resident who is well known for her vocal abilities. The program will last approximately one hour and is appropriate for all ages. Well behaved young children are welcome. For more information, call 875-3184. 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 details call Dana at 875-3184. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 875-3184. Fax service - Send only, library will not receive faxes. $3 minimum charge. 10 page maximum job. Friends of Laurel Public Library - You are welcome to attend the regular meeting of the Friends of Laurel Public Library, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Find out about our fundraising events to support youth programming at the library. Genealogy Help Session - Searching for your ancestors? Informal help with genealogy research is offered at the Laurel Library each month on the second Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor genealogy area. Library staff and volunteers will be available for consulting with beginners or those just needing advice on new strategies. 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 email@example.com or call 875-3184. Happy Knitters - Knitting is alive and well at Laurel Public Library at 10:30 a.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. For more information, email email@example.com 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, for 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 to April, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., join us at the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Children and their caregivers will enjoy exploring books, music, games and crafts. For more information, email email@example.com or call 875-3184.
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.).
Open house at Bryan & Brittingham Bryan & Brittingham announces Purina Check-R-Board Days will be held during the store's annual Christmas open house, a customer appreciation event, on Friday, Dec. 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is located at 38148 Bi-State Boulevard, Delmar, Del. There will be storewide specials including $1 off Layena, Strategy, Strategy Healthy Edge and Equine Senior. Customers will also be able to enjoy savings on Purina Exclusive dog and cat food and many more items storewide. Register for a chance to win a Charbroil Gas Grill, a Justin Work Jacket or a 19-inch flat screen television. Refreshments will be served both days and, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a horse-drawn wagon ride with Santa will be available. Customers will also have the opportunity to enter the national Purina Check-R-Board sweepstakes for a chance to win a 2013 John Deere XUV 550, one ton of Purina Feed or Purina Gear. The family and staff at Bryan & Brittingham would like to thank everyone for their business so stop by and enjoy Purina Checkerboard Days at Bryan & Brittingham's annual Christmas Open House. 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, 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.
Breakfast with Santa The Delmar Volunteer Fire Company will host its annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Delmar Public Library On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Library will hold a shed-clearing indoor yard sale in the Hayman Meeting Room, from 7 a.m. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delmar Public Library Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive continues throughout December. Bring canned food and other non-perishable items to the library to help those in need in our community. All food will be donated to Harvest Ministries in Delmar. Help us fill the cart! Friday Friendly Folk meet on Fridays in December at 1:30 p.m. The group discusses books, listens to presentations by local experts and shares life lessons. On Friday, Dec. 6, review Pearl Harbor Day and Delaware Day. On Dec. 13, it's a Round Table discussion on the significance of community service in your life. On Dec. 20, share your first holiday memory and on Dec. 27, share a New Year's Resolution. 88 Books That Shaped America book discussion group meets Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 p.m. This month's featured book is The Double Helix by James Watson. To learn more about the books, go to the Library of Congress' Books That Shaped America list on their website. The Friends of the Delmar Public Library will meet on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Join the Friends (membership is free) and support the library. Assistance is available from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, for residents who would like to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Preregistration is requested for these one-to-one sessions. Call the library at 846-9894 to register for a session. Preschool children and their parents or caregivers can attend story time Wednesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, at 11 a.m. Elementary and middle school students are welcome to play Wii and board games on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 3:30 p.m. Children ages 6 to 17 can learn more about computers at Hour of Code, an introduction to computer programming and code, on Monday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 12. Come alone or bring a friend and learn how to code a program and make a game. Wish you knew more about self-defense? Children ages 8 and older can learn basic self-defense and martial arts on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. The Delmar Library Board of Commissioners, library staff, and Friends of the Library invite you to our community Open House on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Come enjoy holiday trivia, karaoke, snacks and punch, and a visit from the Jolly Old Man from the North Pole. Attendees are invited to stay for the Friends of the Library meeting immediately following the Open House at 7 p.m. The library is looking for a few (more) volunteers for its Steering Committee to raise funds for the new library building. Join us at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m., to learn what you can do to help with already scheduled fundraising events and help build our new community library. For more information on these programs, call the library at 846-9894 or stop in. Program information is also available online at delmarpubliclibrary.org or our pages on Facebook and Twitter or Pinterest or you can email us at email@example.com. The library will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, and on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
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.
Christmas Light Contest The Town of Blades announces its Christmas Light Contest. Decorate your house for a chance to win. First prize is $100, second $50, and third $25. Judges will be making rounds and the winner will be posted the week after Christmas. Only residences inside the town limits will be judged. For more information, call town hall at 629-7366.
ALL ABOUT GREENWOOD:
Christmas Caroling Party On Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Greenwood Public Library will host a Christmas Caroling Party at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. The group will meet in the lobby of the rest home at 6, sing carols throughout the facility, and end the evening with refreshments in the dining room. The activity is open to all; however, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is helpful, but not required. To register, or get directions to the Country Rest Home, call 349-5309. Homemade goodies are a special treat to the residents; if you are able to supply some of your homemade Christmas cookies as refreshments, contact Robin at the same number.
Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair The Respiratory Club of Delaware Tech will hold a Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair at the Greenwood Fire Hall in Greenwood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event is free and open to the public for Christmas shopping. Lunch will be available for purchase from The Respiratory Club of Delaware Tech.
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.
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.
Holidays Around the World The Friends of the Bridgeville Library present, "Winter Holidays Around the World," at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the library meeting room. All are welcome to learn more about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Advent, Czech and Norwegian Christmas customs. After short presentations, guests can visit with the presenters and enjoy refreshments. All are welcome to this free event. For more information, contact Barbara Verbos at 302-337-3136.
Google tools for genealogy Join us at the Bridgeville Library from 10 a.m. to noon for tips to find your ancestors by unleashing the power of Google. This 45-minute lecture covers several advanced search techniques that will bring your research to the next level, as well as an introduction to GoogleTranslate and GoogleBooks. Presenter is Leah Youse, MLIS, who provides reference services at the Elkton Central Library in Cecil County, Md.
Dance troupe plans holiday show Delaware Dance Alliance announces its holiday performances of The Jazz Nutcracker and The Nutcracker Ballet. The Nutcracker Ballet will be presented at Woodbridge High School at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. This rendition of The Nutcracker incorporates the arts of ballet and jazz into Clara's fantastical dream with Duke Ellington's score. Tickets are $8 for children and senior citizens and $12 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the First State Academy of Dance in Milford, 302-422-2633, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Give the gift of a book A special gift for the person who has everything is the donation of a book for the Bridgeville Library. The Friends of the Bridgeville Library present, "Honor Someone Special." In this program, a bookplate inscribed with the name of a donor or honoree will be placed in a book of your selection. Or, you can let the librarians select a book for you. For a contribution of $25 or more a new book will bring enjoyment to so many readers. A gift acknowledgement will be sent to the donor and honoree. To participate, complete a brochure at the library or contact Ruth Skala at 337-3678 for more information.
Farm 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. 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. 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. Learn more about TS Smith & Sons at the website, www.tssmithandsons.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 337-8271.
Bridgeville Library Visit our new website at www.bridgevillelibrary.com and "like" our Facebook page. Lap Sit - Lap Sit on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 months to 2 years. No Lap Sit the week of Christmas or New Year's. Story time - Tuesdays, 11 a.m. for ages 2-4 and Thursday 11 a.m. for ages 4-6. No Story Time the week of Christmas or New Year's. Family Nights - Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 - Woodbridge Theater Company will perform "Charlotte's Web." Jan. 21 is Pajama Party and Movie Night - children are encouraged to wear their pj's and enjoy a movie. A snack of hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. No-Bake Cookie Program for Teens and Tweens - Join us for a no-bake cookie creation. Teens (ages 13-17) are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. and Tweens (ages 10-12) are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m. We only have room for 20 participants in each class so sign-ups are required. Fill a decorative container with your creations to enjoy with family, friends or give as a gift. Registration and confirmation of attendance is required. Mark your calendars - Winter Reading Program begins Friday, Jan. 10 and ends Friday, Feb. 21. Our annual Princess Party is Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. Our Superhero Party is Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants must be between the ages of 3-10. Registration will begin after Jan. 2. Computer skills and E-reader classes - Each month the library offers computer classes with various topics. Additionally, e-reader classes and demonstrations are offered. Dates vary; check Facebook or our website for details. "Food For Thought" at your Library - Join us for a meaningful conversation. From current events to civic concerns; we encourage dialogue that share your ideas, concerns and opinions. We meet on the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. A light luncheon is served. 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. Genealogy Program: Google Tools for Genealogy - Find your ancestors by unleashing the power of Google. This 45-minute lecture covers several advanced search techniques that will bring your research to the next level, as well as an introduction to GoogleTranslate and GoogleBooks. Presented by Leah Youse, MLIS. All programming is free and open to all. For more information, contact the library at 337-7401, ext. 101.
ALL ABOUT FEDERALSBURG:
Community Appreciation Service Men For Change Ministry will host its 4th Annual Community Appreciation Service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Community Civic League Building located at 3439 Laurel Grove Rd. Minister Stanford B. Ricks will be the keynote speaker. Deserving members of the community will be recognized and honored for their dedicated service and commitment to the community. The honorees include: Jeffrey Butler, Shawn Magee, Kendall Magee, Nannom Palmer and Frank Rittner. Certificates will also be awarded to several young boys for their participation in the youth program. Tickets are $20. Proceeds will benefit youth programs and activities. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited. Contact David Ricks Sr. at 443-786-5182 or Sherwood Sharp at 410-422-2599 for more information.
Christmas in the Museum The Federalsburg Historical Society will sponsor Christmas in the Museum on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. This open house will feature decorated Christmas trees, two train displays and refreshments of hot cider and cookies. Santa Claus will stop by after the Federalsburg Christmas Parade to greet children of all ages. Christmas wreaths will be made and sold, the Historically Yours Boutique will be open for last minute gifts and the winning raffle ticket for a refinished trunk will be drawn. Tickets are $1 apiece or six for $5. Come and bring the family. Admission is free. The Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum is located at 100 Covey & Williams Alley (behind Town Hall), Federalsburg. For more information, call 410-754-9036.
ALL ABOUT GEORGETOWN:
Christmas Parade December 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." 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.
PPP presents 'Christmas Belles' Experience the Christmas spirit "Southern-style" this year. The Possum Point Players will present "Christmas Belles," a Southern holiday comedy. Set in Fayro, Texas, Christmas Belles centers on the three Futrelle sisters - Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye - and an annual church Christmas program that spins hilariously out of control. It is about a journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve - squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. At the core, it's about family, love and acceptance - what the season is all about. Honey Raye is played by Susan McCoy, Selbyville; Frankie by Julia Free, Seaford; and Twink by E. J. Panico, also of Seaford. Show dates are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 6 and 13, and Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 8 and 15, at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Rd., Georgetown. Tickets are $23 for adults, $22 for students and seniors. Call 856-4560 or visit www.possumpointplayers.org/. The Possum Point Players' Third Annual Silent Auction will be held during the two Saturday shows (Dec. 7 and 14) of Christmas Belles. Preview and pre-bidding will be held during the two Friday shows (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.
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 email@example.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.
Mitten Tree donations Help us help others keep warm. Don's Tree Farm in association with Georgetown Presbyterian Church is collecting new hats, scarves and mittens for the their Mitten Tree. Items can be dropped off at Don's Tree Farm, 6396 Hickman Rd., Greenwood or at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church on Bedford Street in Georgetown. All items will be distributed locally. Sizes from infants to adults would be appreciated. For more information, call 349-0555.
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 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. 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.
ALL ABOUT TRIPS:
Alumni Association offers trips The Delmar Alumni Association is offering the a trip through Holloway Tours for alumni, family and friends on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 to the 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 details call Wolfgang at 846-2366.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Shakespeare Group will meet New Faces of Shakespeare will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at Possum Point Players, 441 Old Laurel Rd., Georgetown. The group will finish reading Henry V, Acts 4 and 5. Bring a text. For more information, call Richard Huffman at 529-8403.
Monthly writers' group Have you always wished you could write stories, articles or even a book, but don't know how to begin? Have you drafted manuscripts, but need help getting them published? Whether you are a novice or have achieved success in writing, you are invited to join Kingdom Writers Fellowship. We are a small, warm and welcoming writers' group that meets monthly on the third Tuesday evening at Grace Baptist Church in Seaford. For more information, call 858-2239 or 628-4594.
Senator 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 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 through 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 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.
Airport Advisory Meeting The Sussex County Airport Advisory Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, Sussex County Airport, 21911 Rudder Ln., Georgetown. The meeting is open to the public.
Cancer Support Group The Greenwood Cheer Activity Center will host a Cancer Support Group on the second Monday of every month at 1 p.m. Beverly Turner, group facilitator, has many years of experience hosting support groups. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., if any one would like to come and enjoy lunch before the group meets. The support group is free. For more information, call Site Manager, Dixie Carlisle at 349-5237.
THINGS TO DO ELSEWHERE:
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.
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."
'Holiday Social' for Hospice Harry & David will hold a "Holiday Social" Fundraiser for Delaware Hospice from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at Tanger Outlets, Rehoboth. Guests will enjoy appetizers and desserts while saving 20% on purchases. The first 100 guests will receive a goody bag and a chance to win prizes from Vineyard Vines, Waterford Wedgewood, Pandora and Harry and David. Donations and a percentage of proceeds will be directed to Delaware Hospice. For more information about the Holiday Social or Harry & David, call 302-226-1553. To learn more about Delaware Hospice's programs and services or to make a referral, call 800-838-9800 or visit www.delawarehospice.org.
'Alice in Wonderland' Second Street Players present a family classic for the holidays, "Alice In Wonderland," at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut St., downtown Milford. Remaining performances are: 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 8. Tickets are $17 and they can be purchased online at www.secondstreetplayers.com or by calling 800-838-3006.
Watermelon Pageant seeks contestants Mar-Del Watermelon Association seeks young women to enter their pageant to select the 2014 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen who will become a public spokesperson for the watermelon industry. As spokesperson, you will travel on the Eastern Shore and throughout the United States spreading the word about the healthy benefits of watermelon and will have the opportunity to compete for the 2015 National Watermelon Queen. For more information and an application, visit www.mardelwatermelon.org or or call 875-2819. Entry deadline is Jan. 8, 2014.